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.Net Momentum"> A completely Web-based map application from MapPoint, called Virtual Earth, gives location, maps and a scratch pad where this info can be stored and e-mailed to others. Returning to the stage, Ballmer turned to worldwide .Net momentum, saying that .Net is the primary development tool for 43 percent of all developers, with Java in second place at 35 percent. SQL Server 2005, with more than 50 percent unit share, will continue to be ramped up; BizTalk Server 2006 and Visual Studio 2005 will take .Net to the next level; and life-cycle development tools are added into the equation, so "watch out, Rational," Ballmer said."In summary then, DSI [the Dynamic Systems Initiative] is about getting serious about management and to express knowledge in the models," Ballmer said. "Visual Studio 2005 will deliver System Definition Model, and system center wave two will see its System Definition Model consumed by MOM [Microsoft Operations Manager] and SMS [Short Message Service]." Finally, Ballmer turned to the issue of security. "We still have this absolutely as job one. If we dont do the right thing with security, the notion of connecting people and information will take a back seat," he said, adding that although Microsoft is not satisfied with Windows Server 2003 with regards to security, it was "by far and away" the best server release from the company, he said. Windows Server 2003 has had only one vulnerability to date this year, while SuSE 9 has had 28 and Red Hat 3 has had 14, he said. Ballmer also announced the immediate availability of Windows Server Update Services and Microsoft Update, as well as the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 and the Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft, which will be available this summer. These product offerings will allow Microsoft to provide customers with a uniquely integrated and consistent set of technologies to help customers of all types better manage the software-update process, he said. Microsoft also will release a new version of Windows Update, version 6.0, to ensure that customers who continue using Windows can keep their computers up to date. This adds minor usability improvements and eventually will support Windows Genuine Advantage. In conclusion, Ballmer said Microsoft is committed to providing "the leading-edge innovations to make you successful in connecting your information to your users." Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
XML formats will be adopted as the default in Office 12, the next version of Office, which is part of Microsofts commitment to XML integration across all of its products, Ballmer said.