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osOpinion: Microsoft's C#: FUD Are Masking The Motives

Aug 19, 2000, 23:24 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Wagner)

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"Neither Java or C++ can boast nearly as much integration in to Windows 2000 as C# can, when the Windows Component Update 1.0 is installed. This is one of the benefits of working with a language that is developed by the same company that made the operating system. Microsoft is not aiming to capture Java developers who depend on their applications functioning on multiple operating systems, or C/C++ programmers developing stand-alone applications not fully integrated in to the operating system, but is trying to make Windows 2000 a feature-rich, easily programmable development environment that will enable developers to accomplish their Windows-based goals more quickly, efficiently, and with more stability than ever before on the Windows platform."

"Now, what does this have to do with Microsoft monopolizing the software development industry? Absolutely nothing. Of course, any well thought out, well planned, well organized company will try to gain customers through the introduction of new features in an upgraded product: its the capitalist way. But none of this has anything to do with a monopoly. What C# will do is let businesses and corporations that depend solely on Windows 2000, (and there are many of them), to be able to access features that, (yes, are proprietary to Windows), enable operation on a global, enterprise level because of the integration of NGWS in to Windows 2000 with the Component Update. This is just something that Java and C++ do not enable applications developers to do!"

"Java will be (for the time being) the language of choice for operating system-independent development, especially due to the exponentially growing popularity of Linux as a replacement for Windows, in which C# could never succeed. No other language, though, will ever offer as much feature-integration in to the Windows 2000 environment as C#. ... I say, cut Microsoft some slack. It is never a requirement of a company to integrate in to their product the ability to function with any given operating system..."

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