"Federation. Orchestration. Whatever Microsoft Corp. calls it,
"integration" is the watchword for its next generation of products
and services. ...Microsoft's point was clear: Without
integration, Microsoft's .Net strategy won't work."
"Integration is one of the main bones of contention in the
DOJ vs. Microsoft case, and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has made
it clear he wants Microsoft to be required to stop integrating its
products -- and the company itself. "We are taking elements of
the user interface and programming model, and nicely and tightly
integrating them, first into the client, and then into the server,"
Microsoft CEO and President Steve Ballmer told attendees."
"On Thursday, Microsoft rechristened its entire product line
going forward with .Net-based names. The Whistler and follow-up
releases of Windows are now called Windows.Net; the Visual Studio 7
Microsoft tool suite is now Visual Studio.Net. The release of
Office, due out in 2002 or later, becomes Office.Net; and the next
release of Microsoft Network, due out after 2001, is now