.Net Roadmap on Microsoft Agenda

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-07-23 Print this article Print

Microsoft on Wednesday will detail the roadmap for its software-as-a-service .Net strategy.

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday will detail the roadmap for its software-as-a-service .Net strategy at a media event at its Redmond, Wash., campus. Sources told eWeek that while the focus of the event will be "directional" in nature rather than product oriented, it will be used to announce Release Candidate 1 of the much delayed Windows .Net Server family and possibly its repackaged Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server.
A source working on Wednesdays .Net event said presentations from executives like chief software architect Bill Gates will be used to outline the vision and roadmap for .Net.
"While there will be some product news—it would be impossible for Microsoft to have an event without this—the focus is directional. We will be looking at how far we have come since launching our .Net vision at the Forum 2000 conference," the source said. "You can expect the Microsoft executives to take a close look at our .Net vision as we presented it in 2000 compared with where we are today. They will also look at what we have achieved, what we have missed and how the market and economy has changed since those dot com boom days." Gates and other executives will cite examples of customer adoption of .Net and what they see as the "tidal wave" of acceptance of the strategy among customers as one of the greatest achievements thus far, given the skepticism and misunderstanding that plagued the .Net strategy for some time after it was announced in 2000. But, on the other hand, one of the most spectacular .Net failures thus far was Microsofts admission earlier this year that its plans to host the initial 12 core .Net My Services had been less than enthusiastically received by potential customers. The company backtracked and said it would instead develop and sell new software that allowed companies and enterprises to host these services themselves, even behind the firewall. Wednesdays event will be followed by an analyst day on Thursday, where industry and financial analysts will hear presentations from executives across Microsofts largest product groups. While Microsoft is not expected to detail how many customers have signed up for its controversial new licensing and Software Assurance plan, analysts have said they will be pushing the issue. Surveys released in May by Gartner Inc. and Giga Information Group Inc. showed that one-third of businesses contacted said they did not intend to sign up for Microsofts new plans while another third is undecided.
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 www.eweek.com.


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