Microsoft's .NET consists of a "set of building block services" including Passport.NET (for user authentication) as well as services for file storage, user preference management, calendar management, and many other tasks. The .NET strategy is built around the principle of web services that are built around SOAP's XML messaging framework. The idea is for the internet itself to be the basis of a new operating system that is capable of providing application services previously only available to the desktop. The focus seems to be divided into services for developers, IT professionals and businesses. Microsoft's .NET website provides a simple definition of .NET as well as a number of white papers that are available for review.
Date Listed: 03/03/2001