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Jul 23, 1999, 21:23 (24 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft plans to make Windows "Web-centric" by issuing a set of so-called "Internet APIs" that will help developers write Web-based applications for the operating system, according to company bigwigs."

"Chairman Bill Gates and President Steve Ballmer released sketchy information about the technology Thursday at the company's conference for financial analysts. Gates said more details would emerge this fall, and Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in February would showcase the initiative.

"Gates said, future applications will include more of a balance between server-side and client-side code."

"The Redmond duo also discussed the competition facing Microsoft, with Ballmer calling Linux the most important platform competition Windows has seen since the heyday of OS/2. The reason, Ballmer said, is because the open-source operating system is rejuvenating Unix on the Intel architecture.

"Linux is a serious, albeit a little bit crazy, implementation of Unix on the Intel platform," Ballmer said."

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