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TEXTBOX_HEAD: The Bottom Line
Software written for .Net is inherently more scalable, distributable, and safe than Windows COM; .Net applications are much easier to build and deploy, reducing time to market and post-deployment support costs.
In contrast to the poorly defined Windows DNA (Distributed Internet Architecture), .Net is a tangible and easily defined software product. It is an application framework, meaning that it provides applications with the system and network services they require. The .Net services range from displaying graphical user interfaces to communicating with other servers and applications in the enterprise. It replaces Windows COM (Component Object Model) with a much simpler object model that is implemented consistently across programming languages. This makes sharing data among applications, even via the Internet, easy and transparent. .Net also substantially improves application scalability and reliability, with portability being a stated but not yet realized objective. These are clear benefits demonstrated by the prebeta edition of .Net.
We've been testing the .Net prebeta (to download, see Resources) for several weeks. Attendees of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2000 in Orlando, Fla., ourselves among them, received a stack of CDs with the .Net preview, plus a good deal of software not yet released. The combination of the .Net components adds up to a strikingly complete picture of what .Net will be on its release. With an uncharacteristically stable and feature-rich prebeta, relationships already in place with third-party tools suppliers, and even books on .Net topics, Microsoft could drive .Net to market with head-spinning speed. But until Microsoft publishes its schedule for .Net's release, it's best to plan for a debut that's months rather than years away.