.Net and Microsoft's Antitrust Case

FRAMINGHAM (06/23/2000) - Many observers were speculating this week on how a possible breakup of Microsoft could affect .Net plans. Microsoft executives refused to address the issue at the .Net launch, insisting that they're proceeding without considering the possibility that they may lose their current appeal.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates also denied that the .Net plans were in any way influenced by the antitrust trial.

But some analysts did see a connection. "Everything they demonstrated [at the .Net announcement] would end up in the applications company," said Steve Kleynhans at Meta Group Inc. "It's interesting how they've sidestepped the whole breakup issue."

The breakup order states that every Microsoft technology that doesn't strictly belong to the operating system will become part of a post-breakup applications company - one that, unlike the operating system company, will be virtually unregulated.

.Net mainly consists of a browserlike layer on the client and of server applications such as Commerce Server and BizTalk Server.

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