: Gates Hands Out .Net Report Card"> The main themes of this years update were that Microsofts decision to use the XML format language as the fundamental .Net structure was correct, that Microsoft will continue to adhere to standards and compete on implementation, and that customers who adopt the .Net structure will be able to develop cost-effective applications and services for thousands--instead of hundreds of thousands--of dollars. Gates managed to get through the entire briefing without mentioning the open software movement, the companys monopoly woes with the Department of Justice, and (except in brief passing) the drastic falloff in the technology industry.Related Stories:
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Companies buying into the .Net structure will find some of the most immediate benefits in inter-company operations, Gates said. The ease with which those connections can be made spells the end for high-paid consultants spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and taking years to complete software integration tasks, Gates said. He contended that in future, .Net customers will be able to accomplish their computing goals in reduced IT budgets.