Microsoft on Wednesday kicked off its first ever Microsoft Office System Developer Conference. The event is meant to position the suite as platform on which developers can start writing applications. XML will have to supply the lingua franca in this case.
“Already, there are a million professional developers targeting Office 2003, and a full third of those are taking advantage of the XML capabilities, and it’s a new technology and we’re really excited and inspired by that progress,” LeVasseur said according to Infoworld.
Microsoft's push into XML shows that the company is serious about making Office the front end application for enterprise software. The question remains if users are impressed by this initiative now that Oracle and SAP make a heavy to push for their own technologies to become the defacto standard.
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