Microsoft has signed deals with 40 independent software vendors as a prelude to the next version of Visual Basic for Applications, which will include ActiveX technology. At a developers? conference held in California last week, the company also unveiled its plans for future Web technology.
That means support for component technology widens beyond Microsoft?s own software support for ActiveX.
Major software companies that have licensed ActiveX include Autodesk, Intergraph, Adobe, Micrografx, SAP, McAfee and Symantec.
According to Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, the agreements strengthen ActiveX and will help grow this sector of the software industry.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is strengthening its hand in the Internet market, as it told developers and journalists of plans for a better Web information server dubbed K2, and expected on the streets in mid-1997. That news comes even though version 3.0 of its existing product still waits for release.
The move is closely tied to Microsoft?s future plans for Windows NT, which have suffered some modification because of the growth of the 'thin client' software model. Microsoft will reengineer its operating system strategy to compete with network computers, which look as though they will have solid takeup by corporate users next year.
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