Microsoft DNA 2000 aims at Web business

Citing what he terms the third generation of internet development, Microsoft president Steve Ballmer yesterday laid out the software giant's Web applications development strategy.

Ballmer outlined a broad strategy for Microsoft Windows Distributed interNet Architecture (DNA) 2000, a platform with services designed to link application, servers, and devices with one another over the internet.

"Today the great issue is do developers have the tools to leverage PCs, information devices, and most importantly, the internet?" Ballmer said at a developers event here yesterday.

Microsoft's DNA platform includes the Windows NT Server network operating system, SNA Server, Site Server Commerce Edition, BizTalk Server, SQL Server, and the Visual Studio development system.

The suite will allow small businesses and clients to interact over the internet to perform tasks creatively, Ballmer said.

Previously, the internet in its first generation was used only for technical communications, Ballmer said. In its second generation the internet was a browser-oriented service, offering little interaction. "Now we are entering the third generation, where people can program the Web for themselves," Ballmer said.

The Windows DNA 2000 builds on the extensible markup language (XML) what Ballmer terms as "the crucial standard for integration".

The long-awaited Windows 2000 is expected to be released to manufacturing later this year. Server products in the Windows 2000 DNA family will enter beta testing this year and are expected to be available by the middle of next year, Microsoft said.

One analyst said Microsoft's initiative is on-target, although the company will face competition from other companies, including Sun Microsystems and IBM.

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