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CNET News.com: Microsoft to take wraps off new Windows strategy [NGWS]

Jun 21, 2000, 23:24 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong, Mike Ricciuti)

"Microsoft tomorrow plans to unveil its vision for Web-based computing, as a looming antitrust battle and tougher competition cloud the software giant's future. Microsoft is expected to disclose a new strategy to develop Internet-based software and services called Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS). Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer and other executives are scheduled to announce the new initiative at company headquarters in Redmond, Wash."

"Along with fighting government officials intent on breaking up the company--and potentially derailing the new software strategy--Microsoft also is battling competitors. While the company is promoting the announcement as its biggest in five years, analysts say that other software makers are embarking on the same road and that Microsoft may be playing catch-up."

"Competitors, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle and Sun Microsystems, along with start-ups, such as BowStreet and WebMethods, are all working on technology to deliver services over the Web. HP has been one of the most active competitors with its "e-speak" technology."

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