Upside: Breaking Windows

“For years, Microsoft has been fighting the notion of Net-based
applications. The idea of running programs over the Internet
threatens Microsoft’s multibillion dollar Office application
business, as well as the company’s crown jewel–the Windows
operating system.”

“Sun Microsystems, on the other hand, has long trumpeted the
value of network-based applications. I can’t remember when it
coined the slogan ‘the network is the computer,’ but I know it was
long before many people were talking about running applications
over the Net.”

“Well, it appears that Microsoft may be in the process of
meeting its match.”