Microsoft Alters .Net Services

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-04-15 Print this article Print

Microsoft Corp. is reworking its .Net My Services strategy around new server software that will allow enterprise customers to host and run the services themselves.

Microsoft Corp. is reworking its .Net My Services strategy around new server software that will allow enterprise customers to host and run the services themselves.

Officials at Microsofts TechEd conference here said the Redmond, Wash., company has shifted its priorities from hosting mass consumer services itself and is now concentrating on delivering the infrastructure that would allow customers to do the job on their own.

This infrastructure will include software, perhaps another .Net server, that would allow users to host the 14 core XML-based consumer Web services, including the .Net Alerts notification service, .Net Inbox and .Net Wallet.

Adam Sohn, a product manager for .Net platform strategy, declined to say when this software would be available for general release. However, it is unlikely the software will be available before late next year.

Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Microsofts .Net enterprise server group, said the company is simply responding to customer feedback.

"They told us that they wanted federated services and that we needed to prioritize more in terms of the services," Flessner said. "They told us that they did not want all their data stored in one service and that they wanted to be able to replicate and wanted ways to share this data."

Users welcomed the shift from Microsofts original policy for .Net My Services, a strategy that was problematic from the beginning.

"This is a solid decision," said Craig Goren, president and chief technology officer of Centerpost Corp., in Chicago. "Microsoft has been soft-selling this to key customers like us for a long time, and they were getting clear feedback that the customers loved the idea but wanted the packaging to be more product- and operator-oriented."

Centerpost creates automated communications tools that deliver interactive alerts to customers and other users by voice, wireless text, e-mail and instant messaging.

Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Jupiter Media Metrix Inc., in New York, said he believes the move is temporary "because Microsoft sees the value and importance of getting folks on a subscription revenue stream."

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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