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CNET News.com: Microsoft eyes next big boom: e-commerce tools

Sep 11, 1999, 17:19 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Ricciuti)

"Windows is wildly popular with big companies as an operating system for PCs and smaller networked servers. But as the Web technology battleground shifts from client PCs to servers, Microsoft finds itself once again battling Sun Microsystems' Java programming language.

Large corporations favor Java and the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) for large-scale applications by a 2-to-1 margin over Microsoft's Component Object Model (COM) technology, according to a report by Forrester Research. ...clearly, the adoption numbers for Java and CORBA do not please Microsoft's top brass. On Monday, the giant will make its first concerted effort to both simplify its software tools message and appeal to the dot com companies of the world that are building e-commerce sites."

"Analysts said Microsoft, which pioneered easy-to-use Windows development tools with its Visual Basic product in the early 1990s, has so far missed a huge opportunity by not following the same strategy for the Web development market. The company's tool lineup includes scripting, component development, and other tools, but does not include a visually oriented tool for overall Web site development, analysts said."

"The additional tools and interfaces will be included in the company's upcoming Visual Studio 7.0 development tool set, expected to ship next year. Microsoft will also use Monday's announcement to discuss how its tools will work with BizTalk Server, a planned Extensible Markup Language (XML) server, and a new software integration server, code-named Babylon. Both are expected to ship next year."

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