The Register: Gates previews Win64, pitches IE5.5 as key .NET platformJul 13, 2000, 14:49 (4 Talkback[s])
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"In the past slippage on new operating systems hasn't made a great deal of difference to Microsoft, because there's been no competition and the hardware manufacturers have just had to wait, but it's different with Itanium, because there's Linux and a clutch of Unices poising themselves to jump in."
"Despite the strenuous efforts not to position IE as an app, Gates' pitch did tend to peg it more as part of apps and tools than as part of the OS. Aside from being a development platform, it has "specific enhancements designed to provide developers with a more powerful Web development environment." It is "the best path forward for Web developers preparing for .NET as it offers the ability to develop reusable components for use across the Internet, providing the first steps toward creating rich services on the Web."
"This sounds awfully like what Microsoft was worried Netscape might do to it, back at the start of the browser wars, doesn't it? The browser is the platform, it runs on multiple operating systems, so back in those days Netscape threatened to erase Microsoft's advantage of Windows being the "standard" platform for application development. Sure, Microsoft insists that IE is just part of the OS these days, but it's actually part of several operating systems, and on the Mac doesn't it look a teensie bit like an apps?"