Bill en zijn vrienden hebben vandaag hun e-commerce en web development plannen bekend gemaakt. News.com vertelt ons wat deze strategie in houdt:
Under the plan, Microsoft will offer Web developers the ability to pull technology components from its MSN Web site. The company is calling these components "megaservices," which include an Internet identification and payment technology named Passport. The components will also include the LinkExchange system for exchanging banner adds, the Hotmail and Instant Messenger communication technologies, and Windows Update, a way of sending software upgrades and patches electronically.
Microsoft is reorienting all of its products around this new approach called Windows DNA 2000, in anticipation of the launch of Windows 2000, Microsoft’s revamped high-end operating system formerly called Windows NT.
Analysts said Microsoft, which pioneered easy-to-use Windows development tools with its Visual Basic product in the early 1990s, has so far missed a huge opportunity by not following the same strategy for the Web development market. The company's tool lineup includes scripting, component development, and other tools, but does not include a visually oriented tool for overall Web site development, analysts said.