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Chapter 1. Access 2002 for Access 97 and... > In the Real World—The Road to Access...

In the Real World—The Road to Access.NET

Four and a half years after the December 7, 1995 “Embrace and Extend the Internet” initiative, Microsoft unveiled its all-encompassing .NET (pronounced “dot net”) strategy on June 22, 2000. Web Services form the foundation of the forthcoming .NET Framework, which Microsoft originally called Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS), the follow-up to Distributed iNternet Applications (Windows DNA). Web Services are software components that reside on Web servers and use the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and XML to communicate with one another through corporate and personal firewalls.

Microsoft's .NET theory is that software developers will combine public, Internet-accessible Web Services with their own code to deliver information to and, for instance, take online orders from, individuals and organizations. The ultimate delivery format is HTML 4.0 or XHTML destined for browsers running on PCs and Internet appliances, such as wireless handheld devices and cell phones. Conventional Windows applications, undoubtedly including future versions of Access, also will be able to take advantage of Web Services.


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