The Economist has an interesting

The Economist has an interesting article about Microsoft's .NET strategy. Microsoft made billions by realizing that computer hardware would become a commodity, and software (namely, the operating system) would truly be of value. Now, with the Internet becoming more ubiquitous, Microsoft realizes that operating systems will become commodities as well (which, fortunately for Microsoft, makes their anti-trust case a moot point). So they move on to the next big thing, the next layer of abstraction beyond hardware and operating systems to massively networked software services. Hence .NET - Microsoft is moving on to the Next Big Thing.

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