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ZDNet: Microsoft: Time to fish or cut bait [with developers on .NET]

Jul 13, 2000, 00:55 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"While it was important that Microsoft Corp. impress financial analysts and press with its recently outlined .Net platform, it is crucial that it obtain developer acceptance for its software-as-a-service vision. This week's annual Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Orlando, Fla., will be Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) true proving ground. If developers fail to buy into Microsoft's next-generation vision, the company's plan to yet again reinvent itself around the Internet will fall flat."

"This week, Microsoft will aim to provide the nitty-gritty details of the technologies that will enable .Net to make programming for the Web as easy as, if not easier than, programming non-Webified applications. Over the past couple of weeks, Microsoft took the wraps off some of the .Net elements of interest to developers, such as its forthcoming C# programming language and its next release of its Visual Studio development environment, due to ship next year."

"Microsoft is slated to embellish on these components at the PDC this week. The company is expected to detail its so-called .Net framework -- the environment that enables the creation, deployment and maintenance of .Net services and applications. The .Net framework is an extension of the Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) middleware that is built into Windows 2000."

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