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Globe and Mail: Microsoft takes aim at Web talk

Oct 09, 2000, 22:21 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Dubbed Microsoft.Net, the initiative is a framework that uses the industry standard extensible markup language (XML) as the language of communication between software applications. The idea is to allow software developers to design Web sites that can "talk" with one another. If adopted by enough Internet sites, Mr. Clegg said, that would theoretically mean consumers wouldn't have to visit multiple sites to arrange a vacation, for example."

"When asked how Corel's version of the free Linux system would fit into the Microsoft.Net strategy, Mr. Clegg said, 'You have to ask Corel how they see that fitting.'"

"Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive officer, has said the company has no plans to modify its word processing and spreadsheet software to run on Linux."

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