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By eweek  |  Posted 2002-10-09 Print this article Print

: NetDocs Lives"> NetDocs Lives Many of the principles and the technology underlying XDocs are the handiwork of Microsofts NetDocs team. NetDocs was the code name for the integrated application that Microsoft demonstrated at its .Net unveiling two years ago.
It included a full suite of XML-based e-mail, personal information management, document authoring tools, digital-media management and instant messaging wares.
Microsoft axed the NetDocs project in mid-2001 and moved the 400-person NetDocs team under the Office umbrella. But as recently as this year, Micrososft Group Vice President Jeff Raikes hinted that the NetDocs technology would resurface in another form. "Regarding the project code-named NetDocs, we incubated some very important ideas, centered around XML technology, that will play an important role in our Office tools story in the future," said Raikes in a Microsoft online chat this spring. "At this time, we arent releasing more public information about how were using that technology--but I can say that Im very excited by the impact it will have on paperless workflow," he added. A Microsoft spokeswoman noted on Tuesday that technologies pioneered by the NetDocs developers will also manifest themselves in Microsoft products other than XDocs. She declined to offer further details. The XDocs team is headed up by Peter Pathe, a corporate vice president who reports directly to Raikes, who is spearheading Microsofts "Structured Document Services" work. Microsoft has declined to comment on exactly what the Structured Document Services is. But according to the Microsoft corporate Web site, the SDS team "is responsible for developing new products for knowledge workers that build on the foundations of the industry standard Extensible Markup Language (XML)." "These products will provide customers with the ability to create and manage structured documents, deliver a framework for Office .NET services, and increase opportunities for third-party customization and extension of the Microsoft Office family of products," the site says. Sign up today at for a 14-day free trial of Microsoft Watch, edited by Mary Jo Foley, to stay ahead on Microsoft strategies and technologies.


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