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eWeek: Microsoft's Ballmer sketches .Net plan

Jul 08, 2000, 14:52 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Lundquist, John Dodge)

"eWEEK: What is the .Net strategy?

Ballmer: .Net is the next-generation programming model that lets people take advantage of the wonders of XML [Extensible Markup Language] and provides the next-generation user experience. It involves the user interface, new back-end services, and gives the user control over a variety of Web sites. What are the bits? Its set of middleware and end-user interfaces that go into devices, servers and the Internet cloud."

"eWEEK: Will there be a lot of ISPs... selling Microsoft software subscriptions?

Ballmer: We will want to have them sell services. It is not clear you need to have 80 data centers in the United States. The key isn't to have everyone host the infrastructure. The key is to have everyone offer the infrastructure. It's proven you can host applications from one place in the United States, and it works fine. ..."

"eWEEK: Could .Net be implemented if the Supreme Court upheld the breakup?

Ballmer: Our company will go on no matter what happens. We remain confident of prevailing on two key points on appeal: No. 1 is the ability to extend Windows, and No. 2 is our right to stay one integrated company. This company will survive. This company or this set of companies. I don't spend much time speculating."

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