Published: 28 June 2000
Analyst(s): Dennis Gaughan
Last week, Microsoft delivered its vision for the next generation of computing, the Microsoft.NET platform. With Microsoft.NET, everything is Internet-based and software becomes a collection of services that you access across the Internet. As part of the announcement, Microsoft talked about Visual Studio.NET, the collection of tools that will allow the development of these new services. This week, Microsoft announces C#, a new language that will be part of the Visual Studio.NET product. C# is designed to leverage the power of the C and C++ languages with the ease of use of Visual Basic. It will provide native support for Extensible Markup Language (XML) and the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), which is used to call remote objects over the Internet using XML. In addition, Microsoft has decided to submit the language to the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) with the eventual goal of standardization by the International Standards Organization (ISO).
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