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Chapter 11. Working with Applications on... > Understanding Microsoft .NET

Understanding Microsoft .NET

Before we leave the realm of Microsoft communication server strategies, a few words should be said related to Microsoft’s .NET initiative. Microsoft’s .NET initiative revolves around sharing applications and data over the Internet using XML Web services (and other Web connectivity tools and programming languages). Microsoft promises that this technology will not only connect computers to computers on the Net, but will also link smart devices such as cellular phones and PDAs to the application and data network that .NET services provide.

The real power of .NET (and other non-Microsoft strategies being pursued by developers) is that services, including applications, can be shared over the Internet using secure HTTP. This means that simple hardware devices (remember the stripped-down Web computer concept?) will be capable of accessing complex applications and databases on servers using existing Web protocols.


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