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TechWeb: Gates Christens New E-Bet 'Microsoft.NET'

Jun 22, 2000, 22:23 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Glascock)

"Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates ushered in a sweeping new set of programming software, middleware, and Internet services Thursday under the umbrella name Microsoft.NET. "You could say it is a bet-the-company thing," Gates said. "We're putting our resources behind .NET."

"Although his talk Thursday to more than 500 media and analysts was similarly theoretical and forward-looking, it is a major step for the company in outlining a plan to leverage its Internet strategy to gain customers and appease shareholders. The platform will extend across various Microsoft services and client and server products, Gates said."

"Key elements of the platform are forthcoming -- or already designed around the belief that XML is core in such products as SQL 2000, Exchange 2000, and BizTalk 2000. Microsoft (stock: MSFT) will release Windows.NET version 1 next year, Gates said, and follow it in two years with another major release and updated versions of Office and Visual Studio."

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