stack face-lift speaks to a number of the
latest goals Ã¢â‚¬â€
namely, boosting its .Net Framework development platform as an
alternative to Java and Linux, making it easier to use the
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.
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..."