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ZDNet: Microsoft Next Gen: A Guide for the Perplexed

May 26, 2000, 17:25 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Next Generation Windows Services, or NGWS, as it affectionately has been known for the past six months, is an architecture, not a product. It's not some newfangled version of Windows or The Microsoft Network. It's a framework for how Microsoft is going to start offering software in the form of revenue-renewable services. Think "subscription model." Think "hosting." Think Microsoft Internet Strategy Day (Dec. 7, 1995) revisited."

"AppCenter Server. Likely to be christened officially Application Center 2000. A collection of some of the enterprise features that didn't make the final cut for Windows 2000."

"SOAP. Simple Object Access Protocol. This is the glue that aims to allow Web applications to communicate across heterogeneous platforms. For all you geeks, think XML over HTTP, and you'll have a clue what to expect from this Microsoft-backed protocol that's been submitted for standardization to the W3C."

"ASP+. Active Server Pages Plus. Yeah, it's confusing -- ASP also means "application service provider," the folks who deliver hosted applications from datacenters to consumers. But ASP+ is also the next version of Microsoft's programming environment that allows developers to meld XML, HTML and scripting."

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