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Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' Taking Shape

     
5:24 pm on Jul 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft is in the early stages of a plan that will see virtually its entire lineup of underlying Internet services opened up to developers, the software maker made clear this week.

In addition to making available its existing services, such as mail and instant messaging, Microsoft also will create core infrastructure services, such as storage and alerts, that developers can build on top of. It's a set of capabilities that have been referred to as a "Cloud OS," though it's not a term Microsoft likes to use publicly.

...Microsoft made clear this week that it aims to play the same role on the Internet that it plays today on the desktop--that of providing its own applications as well as the underlying plumbing and tools that developers use to build their products.

Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' Taking Shape [news.com.com]

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Well, just don't count them out yet... microsoft might take ages, but their pockets are deep and moving faster "from being evil to good" than some others vice versa :)

Yet building complete applications based on net services and putting your whole business on that idea might not be a wise step.

Bandwidth grew from very thin to small and with the fast growth of data (think HD movies, eg.) an ubiquitous internet for day-2-day work and play is just not there for such a major shift in mentality.

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Cool, I hope they have their smartest guys working on this. I love MS developer products, VS.NET, SQL Server, etc. Google has nothing on MS in this area.
6:31 pm on July 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Great news.
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such as storage and alerts

Gmail and Google Alerts from MS - what will they think of next?

7:45 pm on July 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Oh my, Microsoft goes from evil to good (with gov't support) and Google goes from good to evil. There's a surprise.
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Interesting and good news, but too early to tell how it will end. I also love Microsoft developerīs products.
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The Visual Studio IDE and .net technologies are indeed the best dev environment I've ever used. SQL Server and IIS have come a long long way in the past 3 or 4 years so this is both interesting and exciting news.