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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 large enterprises utilising ASP.NET include American Electric Power, J C Penny, American Express, British Telecom, Nestle and Tesco. The Netcraft figures are based on the following signatures: ASP.NET - local references to ASP.NET file extensions are found on the front page of the site. Java ... (more)

MS to Distribute Special Longhorn Pre-Beta at PDC

(October 14, 2003) - Longhorn, Microsoft's next-generation operating system, will debut at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles at the end of October. Redmond sources say that the company will distribute a pre-beta of Longhorn during Bill Gates' opening keynote, but the new "Aero" GUI won't be part of it. Microsoft is preparing a special PDC build of Longhorn that is separate and distinct from the main code fork, a build that will include nearly all the Longhorn technology except Aero. The online Longhorn Developer Center, featuring articles and discussions... (more)

Gates Details Next Wave of Software Innovation to Developers at PDC 2003* Live from the Microsoft Professional Developers Confer

(October 27, 2003) - Today Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., outlined Microsoft Corp.’s vision for the next wave of software development and detailed plans to help developers take advantage of the next wave of software opportunities at Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2003. Highlighting platform software and development tools designed to enable developers to build a new generation of "smart," connected applications, Microsoft gave thousands of developers in attendance an early look at a technical preview of the next major rele... (more)

BusinessEdge Solutions Leverages Latest in Microsoft Technology

BusinessEdge Solutions Inc., an East Brunswick, NJ-based industry-focused business and technology consulting firm, announced a client deployment of its Next Generation Smart Manager Platform (SMP), a field force optimization tool that leverages the latest Microsoft technology to allow client firms to quickly and affordably develop and deploy mobile applications, improving field force effectiveness, enhancing market share and increasing revenues. SMP leverages Microsoft .NET framework’s latest in Smart Client and Occasionally Connected Computing (OCC) technology, Microsoft Vis... (more)

.NET News: Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates

Microsoft has announced that effective July 2008 Bill Gates, Chairman, will transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The company announced a two-year transition process to ensure that there is a smooth and orderly transfer of Gates’ daily responsibilities, and said that after July 2008 Gates would continue to serve as the company’s chairman and an advisor on key development projects. The company announced that Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will immediately ... (more)