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The .Net web

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 16, 2002

Even Microsoft has difficulty explaining its .Net initiative, but here's the gist of it: It's the software company's plan for how the Internet will be developed and how it will be used in an increasingly connected world. It includes tools for Web developers to create applications and services that would run on servers, the powerful computers used by businesses and Web sites. One of its components is an open and nonproprietary technical code called XML, which allows information to be exchanged easily from one technical format to another. It means a smoother system for servers to communicate with each other and to get information to users. The uses can range from business-to-business transactions to consumer services that can be accessed on home computers, handheld organizers and cell phones.

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