US reports suggested today that Microsoft has finally bitten the bullet on the Windows 9.x family and will concentrate on NT after Windows 98 is released next year.
That will come as little surprise to developers who have noted that the beta release of Windows 98 and Windows NT 5.0 use the same front end.
Senior vice president Paul Allchin, speaking at the Microsoft professional developers' conference in San Diego earlier this week, said that Microsoft will now place its faith in NT for both end users and the corporate environment.
According to the reports, the most significant announcement at the forum was Microsoft?s Distributed Network Applications (DNA), a protocol the company is currently developing. It will access Unix, AS/400 and mainframe data from Windows applications, the reports said.
Further news from the conference included improvements to Microsoft?s Visual Studio application environment with technologies codenamed Renier and Aspen intended to assist the DNA push.
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