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TechRepublic: Looking into the crystal ball for 2001; MS to embrace Linux for .NET

Jan 01, 2001, 14:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Landgrave)

"No list of predictions would be complete without the one from left field. Here's mine: Microsoft will embrace Linux as a distribution platform for its .NET technology. Microsoft can't continue its revenue growth by relying on Windows as its only distribution platform. One easy way to get a slice of the UNIX revenue pie is to port the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR) to Linux. This would allow Linux developers to write code in any language (not just C++ and Java) on Windows platforms and then deploy that code on inexpensive Linux servers."

"This strategy will allow Microsoft to move more rapidly toward their .NET services vision by accelerating the development and deployment of these services on the Internet. More importantly, the .NET CLR will become to the Internet what Microsoft Windows was to the PC--a unifying set of standards that allows developers to leverage their application code across a large number of users while the system software takes care of all the mundane system tasks. In the '90s, the mundane tasks were GUI rendering and device management. In the '00s, the tasks are object integration across systems and processes."

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