Microsoft made three interesting announcements at today's .NET Briefing Day:
Bill Gates Details Vision for Phase Two of .NET and Future of Web Services
Microsoft Corp.'s Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates today outlined the company's vision and road map for phase two of Microsoft. .NET, the company's two-year-old software initiative for connecting information, people, disparate systems and devices. This next phase continues to build upon the XML-based interoperability of Web services, broadening the benefits to individuals, developers and organizations of all sizes. See their press release for more information on phase two.
Windows .NET Server Achieves Major Milestone; RC1 Delivered
Microsoft Corp. also announced that its upcoming Windows .NET Server operating system has reached the RC1 milestone. Beginning today, customers can access information and subscribe to receive fully functioning preview code of Windows .NET Server at www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/preview/. RC1 preview code for customers will be available for download from the Web next week, and preview CD kits will begin to be sent next month.
Microsoft releases the Office XP Web Services Toolkit 2.0
On a related note, the .NET team announced the release of Office XP Web Services Toolkit 2.0. A Fact Sheet is available for more details.