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Ray Ozzie (pictured), who heads up Microsoft's services push, joined Bill Gates yesterday in announcing to analysts the company's latest plan to create an online adjunct to the jewels in its crown: Windows and Office. "We're entering a 'live' era of software," declared Gates, who called the new plan Microsoft's biggest strategy change in five years. ... (more)

VeriTest Finds .NET Pet Shop Over Ten Times Faster than Oracle-optimized J2EE Pet Store

(May 25, 2002) - An audit of the latest Oracle and Microsoft-published performance data for the Java and .NET Pet Shop found the .NET Pet Shop to be over ten times faster than the latest optimized J2EE Pet Store based on the latest Oracle-published benchmark data. The independent auditor, VeriTest, also found serious issues with the Oracle-revised Java Pet Store application and testing methodology, including missing application functionality and flawed benchmark load test settings. This past March, Oracle published new benchmark data for the Java Pet Store based on a revised imp... (more)

Microsoft, America Online, and Yahoo! Join Forces Against Spam

(April 29, 2003) - Microsoft, AOL, and Yahoo! have announced a commitment to work together and with other industry stakeholders to help fight spam. The announcement is a first step toward a broader online industry effort to address the problem of unsolicited commercial e-mail. The group will initiate an open dialogue that will include organizations across this industry to drive technical standards and industry guidelines that can be adopted regardless of platform. The group will initially focus on four key areas: Protecting consumers from receiving spam , including prevention of u... (more)

.NET Developers Can Now Obtain Source Code for Advanced Components

"Developers are reluctant to adopt components when vendors do not provide the source code." That, in the view of  Desaware CEO Dan Appleman, is sufficient grounds for his company to do something it's never done before...take the majority of its product line and repackage it with source code.  A bold move? Appleman is quietly confident it will pay off. "We've always been the folks who do the 'impossible' - providing some of the most advanced components in the business," he says.  "But we have never told people how we do it," he adds,  "Until now." As the author of Moving to VB .NET,... (more)

Newsflash: ASP.NET is Fastest-Growing Web Technology

According to the latest monthly figures from the UK Internet services company Netcraft, there has been a 224% increase in the past year in the number of IP addresses with sites using ASP.NET. In comparison, the number of IP addresses using JSP and Java Servlets grew by only 56%. ASP.NET is thus emerging as a strong challenger to ColdFusion, which nonetheless remains in the No.1 slot. In the Fortune 1000, Netcraft found that 83 companies use ASP.NET on one or more of their sites.  It found that Tenet Healthcare, for example, has at least 88 sites which utilize ASP.NET. And other la... (more)