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Re: scriptingNews outline for 5/31/2000
Author: David Rothgery Posted: 5/31/2000; 9:23:40 AM Topic: scriptingNews outline for 5/31/2000 Msg #: 17497 (In response to 17492) Prev/Next: 17496 / 17498
I believe that among a group of about 25 people we have in our heads a fairly clear vision for what the next layer on the Web will look like. We're lucky that Microsoft left a gap of 22 days for us to play with.
BTW there's probably a flaw to Microsoft's NGWS strategy, it revolves around the W in NGWS. According to Microsoft the W stands for "Windows". According to Rohit (and I agree) the W must stand for Web.
Well, yeah. Microsoft is a corporation interested in making money (I sometimes wonder about Sun and Oracle, though they manage...). They're going to see their own products as the center of any strategy. I imagine Microsoft looks at the web, and sees something like this...
- the web's really big now, and probably will stay important for a long time
- a lot of the web runs on Unix servers
- most people do use our web browser, but we can't really push that advantage too hard or standards advocates and lawyers get angry
- there's a lot of internet stuff that's useful, but hard for programmers to do right now
- how do we make money here?
Obviously, Microsoft's not going to build tools for developing Unix software, which leaves them with a chicken and egg problem. I expect NGWS is really pretty much a strategy for solving that problem, something like...
- Strongly promote an open protocol for running services over the web. Get a lot of big and small companies, even those open source nuts, to think that this is a good idea (which it is). That way new stuff can be built on Windows servers, and it can be integrated with existing Unix servers. Translation: SOAP.
- Build tools that make it very easy to build web services that run on Windows 2000 servers. Translation: Visual Studio 7.
- To show that this stuff works, make a lot of Microsoft's existing web properties available through web services, some free, some at cost.
As far as Microsoft is considerned, Windows (and more specificly Windows 2000 Server) is at the center of this. That's the main thing that they're selling (well, and Studio 7 and SQL Server). As far as the rest of the Web is concerned, SOAP is the center.
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- Re: scriptingNews outline for 5/31/2000, Steven Vore, 5/31/2000; 11:25:07 AM
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