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ComputerWorld: Uncertainty surrounds Microsoft's .Net plans

Jul 01, 2000, 00:09 (9 Talkback[s])

"Microsoft Corp.'s initial presentation of its .Net vision last week raised many questions - such as how the new online software services plan will affect the future of Windows 2000 and Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) and how the Internet services will be licensed. Some users are hoping to get answers at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC), which starts July 11 in Orlando."

"Industry analysts this week said Microsoft must prove that developing applications using .Net will be faster and easier than other approaches such as Enterprise JavaBeans. ... Also at issue is the fact that Microsoft has given no indication of how it will price its hosted building-block services. ... Others worry about the security implications of depending on Microsoft-hosted services. ... Another uncertainty is the fate of Microsoft technologies such as DCOM, which some say is largely superceded by Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), the Microsoft-driven proposed standard for program-to-program communication that is to be the "glue" between various .Net services."

"Because of the many blanks in the .Net plan, "it will be four years before an enterprise would look at this as a viable platform for its enterprise computing needs," predicted William Hurley, an analyst at The Yankee Group in Boston."

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