Microsoft claims .Net success
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According to Microsoft, .Net is starting to take off. But at the company’s Tech-Ed developer conference in New Orleans, Microsoft Senior Vice President Eric Rudder warned that the software industry needs to do more work on Web services security, reliability and compatibility.

"We bet the company on .Net, but we can't do it alone. We need your support," he said. "Web services is pretty compelling today. If you look, you can get a lot done with XML Web services today, but we know we can make things easier tomorrow."

Microsoft says it has shipped more than one million copies of Visual Studio.Net and had lured more than 200 software companies to build tools and software components for .Net.

Rudder announced that Web hosting companies Akamai Technologies and Exodus Communications, and anti-virus software makers McAfee and Symantec, support .Net.

He also announced a new hosted Web service, called MapPoint, which allows businesses to add mapping capabilities to their applications, so customers can get a map or location through a PC or handheld device.

Meanwhile new SQL Server products are being released to make the database more Web-services friendly. The company released the test version of SQL Server 2000 Notification Services and announced plans to release a new version of its SQL Server database for mobile devices. The new version of SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition version 2.0 is claimed to be easier to install and manage, and provides a more uniform way of storing data.

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