>Are they? Honestly? It seems strange that Microsoft would be ceding the
>internal client-server battle to TCP/IP so easily, when they already
>have a more secure and higher performance tool in the form of Windows
As I read M$ strategy it seams that they ceded the protocol battle more than
two years ago when they started to give away 32 bit TCP/IP for Win3.11.
Since then the Visual Basic client/server tools together with everything
else runs happily over TCP/IP, IPX and other protocols.
They (as are everybody else) now seem to be building standard internet
protocols and formats into *all* of their products, including ways to use
java applets alongside ActiveX components in VB, word, excel etc.
I am sure that M$ see NT as being *key* to the success of the intranet, but
then quite a lot of industry analysts agree with them.
One thing is clear, the advent of the widespread adoption of the java
virtual machine is as important to the IT industry as the introduction of
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