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The Register: OS War Over, OS Dead, Sun Won, Redmond Lost

Aug 02, 2003, 05:30 (16 Talkback[s])
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"The OS war is over, as indeed is the OS, and Sun won. This interesting and challenging thesis was one of numerous presented by Scott McNealy at a European Technology Forum event in London this morning. Say what you like about Scott, he's generally good copy, even at 8.30am gigs.

"His reasoning is as always plausible, and goes something like this. The PC platform is in decline, and will eventually go away, while smart connected devices of all sorts are becoming vastly more important, and will become ubiquitous. In order to cater for these you do not write to the operating system ('It's so last millennium to write to the OS,' says style-guru Scott), you write to the Web services platform. Here, you have a choice between one that's 'open, runs on every OS,' i.e. Java Web Services, or one that isn't and doesn't, i.e., .NET.

"McNealy didn't really get revved up about Microsoft until towards the end of the presentation, but dismissed the opposition with a couple of playful cuffs. '.NET still features virus of the week,' and 'Redmond is losing, and losing badly...'"

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