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LinuxGram: Microsoft Has 15 Questions for Sun

Feb 05, 2001, 19:54 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maureen O'Gara)

"This Monday, February 5, Sun is supposed to wade into the web services arena with a reportedly thin and vaporous scheme that it's code named Jupiter and refers to generically as Smart Services... Microsoft, which already has its own confusing and vaporous web services scheme called .NET, a long-term strategy that it's organizing the whole company behind, will be lying in wait in the bushes for Sun to make its appearance armed with cudgels to beat Jupiter to a pulp."

"...Microsoft obligingly volunteered a list of 15 questions that it feels Sun ought to be made to answer before it exits stage left on Monday. Aside from the irrelevant cheap shots and self-congratulatory positioning, these 15 questions, one assumes, point to areas where Microsoft's intelligence operatives feel Jupiter is weakest and where Microsoft will attempt to propagandize so we thought it best they be circulated as a way to fan away some of the smoke from the twin barrages."

"We should perhaps point out that .NET and by report Jupiter seek to exploit XML, the Extensible Markup Language, and SOAP, the Simple Object Access Protocol. Jupiter, we have heard, does not include Jini, Sun's scheme for attaching widgetry to the web, but is shot through with Java and LDAP. Anyway, here is what Microsoft's public relations firm, Waggener Edstrom, stuffed in our e-mail late Friday..."

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