Introduction to Microsoft .NET
Microsoft .NET is Microsoft's
new Internet strategy.
.NET was originally called NGWS.
NGWS - Next Generation Windows Services
Before the official announcement of .NET, the term NGWS was used for
plans for producing an "Internet-based platform of Next Generation Windows
Steve Ballmer quote January 2000:
"Delivering an Internet-based platform of Next Generation Windows
Services is the top priority of our company. The breakthroughs we’re talking
about here include changes to the programming model, to the user interface, to
the application integration model, the file system, new XML schema....."
The Microsoft. NET strategy was presented by Microsoft officials to the rest
of the world in June 2000:
- .NET is Microsoft's new Internet and Web strategy
- .NET is NOT a new operating system
- .NET is a new Internet and Web based infrastructure
- .NET delivers software as Web Services
- .NET is a framework for universal services
- .NET is a server centric computing model
- .NET will run in any browser on any platform
- .NET is based on the newest Web standards
.NET Internet Standards
.NET is built on the following Internet standards:
- HTTP, the communication protocol between Internet Applications
- XML, the format for exchanging
data between Internet Applications
- SOAP, the standard format for requesting Web Services
- UDDI, the standard to search and discover Web Services
The .NET Framework is the infrastructure for the new Microsoft .NET Platform.
The .NET Framework is a common environment for building, deploying, and
running Web Services and Web Applications.
The .NET Framework contains common class
libraries - like ADO.NET, ASP.NET and Windows Forms - to provide advanced
standard services that can be integrated into a variety of computer systems.
The .NET Framework is language neutral. Currently it supports C++, C#, Visual
Eiffel, Perl, Python, Smalltalk, and others - will also be available for
building future .NET Framework applications.
The new Visual Studio.NET is a common development environment for the
new .NET Framework. It provides a feature-rich application execution environment,
simplified development and easy integration between a number of different
- The .NET plan includes a new version of the Windows operating
system, a new version of Office, and a variety of new development software for programmers to build Web-based applications.
- The background for .NET is part of Microsoft's new strategy to keep Windows
the dominant operating system in the market, as computing begins to move away
from desktop computers toward Internet enabled devices, such as hand-held
computers and cell phones.
- The most visual components of the new .NET framework are the new Internet Information Server
6.0, with ASP.NET and ADO.NET support, Visual Studio.NET software tools to build Web-based
software, and new XML support in the SQL Server 2000 database.
- Bill Gates is supervising the .NET project.
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