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InfoWorld: Microsoft Pries Lid Off Stack

Apr 21, 2003, 14:30 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Krill)

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"Microsoft’s stack face-lift speaks to a number of the company’s latest goals  namely, boosting its .Net Framework development platform as an alternative to Java and Linux, making it easier to use the company’s server platform, and enhancing its Web services capabilities. The server and tools are being launched together to create synergy between the products, said Dennis Oldroyd, director of Windows Server marketing at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash.

"'The key new [feature] for Windows Server is inclusion of the .Net Framework shipping native,' Oldroyd said. The Net Framework 1.1 includes the CLR (Common Language Run time), ASP .Net class libraries, and the .Net programming model. 'It’s our version of the application server. We think it leapfrogs Java in terms of productivity, in terms of performance.'

"Ironically, Microsoft is touting its Windows server platform as a cheaper alternative to Linux. 'We really feel that we deliver some unique value in terms of dependability, manageability, and performance relative to open-source products,' Oldroyd said..."

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