Focusing on End Users

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-05-13 Print this article Print

Among the focused areas of delivery is to end users, who want their applications to run on .Net and Sun Java systems, he said, while IT managers want to be able to log into one console. For their part, developers want to run applications that live in both the Java and .Net worlds, and they want to be able to stitch them together in various ways, he said.
"So, we have challenged a wide variety of customer scenarios. The demo we are going to show of the work we have done and the results achieved may be the most boring demo youve ever seen, but thats what users want," Ballmer quipped.
The two companies have also cooperated on the management and the standards front to create technology that lets users run Sun and Microsoft software from a single management console. "We have been hard at work for the past 12 months and these are the results, which I think are pretty impressive," Ballmer said. The storage market is also booming, and Suns recent purchase of Tarantella helped further facilitate the interoperability between the Sun and Microsoft components, he said. Read more here about Suns purchase of Tarantella. But there is still a lot more to do in light of a long list of needs from customers, so "we will be hard at work for the next 12 months as well," he said. Microsofts .Net and Suns Java are the two leading platforms, and "giving the world the interoperability it wants" means requiring them to work together, he said. Giving his comments, McNealy joked that Ballmer could now end his sentences for him, "which is why he got to present first," he said. But he acknowledged that the work has been tough and it has only really come together nicely over the last three months or so. "What we have achieved and what we plan going forward is quite impressive," he said. Microsoft is now also a major sponsor of next months Java One conference, and they are now also demonstrating how the products work together. "Who would have thunk this would ever have happened," he asked the laughing audience. Next Page: A joint advisory committee.

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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