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IT-Director: Microsoft dot NET is ready to roll

Jul 13, 2000, 14:34 (3 Talkback[s])

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"A couple of weeks after it first announced it .NET platform, Microsoft has started to roll out amore information about how it will all hang together and, more importantly, it has come up with a long list of companies that have signed up to support it."

"Given that there are not really any new products within the .NET platform, it is hardly surprising that Microsoft has managed to come up with a reasonable number of supporters so quickly. The list reads quite impressively with more than 100 partners already signed up. The majority of these (more than 70) are ISVs who will be developing for .NET. The rest are tools vendors (17), systems integrators (10) and publishers (4). In addition to publishing a list with all of the big names on it -- including Great Plains, Centura, Compuware, Seagate and ComponentSource -- Microsoft has ensured that there is a steady stream of press releases from individual partners announcing their support for .NET. At the same time it has listed 11 languages -- including SmallTalk and Fujitsu COBOL -- that provide the required XML support."

"So far, Microsoft has only proved its ability to bundle its products into a neat package and to co-ordinate an effective marketing campaign. Despite its messages of support, .NET has nobody out there doing anything of any consequence. What is more, there must be some concerns to be expressed about any architecture that is based upon XML and the relatively untried SOAP mechanisms. .NET looks good in the brochure but needs to be proved."

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