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1) vnunet.com: SAP will back .Net: German software giant SAP AG said it would back both Microsoft's .Net
strategy and rival Sun Microsystems' Java technology, rebutting
reports this week that SAP would give its full backing to the Sun
platform.SAP North American spokesperson Bill Wohl said a lot of
interest had been created by the inaccurate and incomplete newspaper
story. "We've spent the last 24 hours trying to balance it."
According to Wohl, the UK's Financial Times got the story wrong; they
relied on the wrong sources.
2) SAP Chooses Sun Micro Platform Over Microsoft : SAP, Europe's biggest software group, has decided not to use
Microsoft's .Net software platform and is instead backing a competing
offering from Sun Microsystems. Hasso Plattner, SAP chief executive,
will announce next week that the German group is to adopt Sun's J2EE
architecture, a development platform for enterprise software based on
the Java programming language, to run SAP software. SAP's move is
likely to be a blow to Microsoft, as the German group has one of the
largest customer bases of any business software developer.
3) Microsoft shows off research goodies - Tech News - CNET.com: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Wednesday demonstrated technologies
for transcribing spoken Chinese, making handheld computers aware of
when they're being touched and moved, and adding emotion to computer
slide shows. At an event recognizing the 10th anniversary of
Microsoft Research, Gates indulged his fondness for technology,
raising hopes for a world where computers will become more
useful. "The message you'll get is one of incredible optimism," he
said as he described Microsoft's vision for its research labs.
5) ZDNet: Enterprise: Microsoft: Big plans for Great Plains: Microsoft to rewrite Great Plains' apps in two years in C#. It's a
familiar scenario: Microsoft Corp. settles into an inauspicious
market toehold as competitors pay no heed – only to wake a few years
later to find themselves obscured by the company's long shadow. It
happened with Windows and Office. Now, the plan is to make it happen
with Great Plains Software Inc.'s business applications. The software
became part of Microsoft's portfolio when it acquired Great Plains
this year. "All the business software in the world will be
replaced," said Microsoft VP David Vaskevitch, the mastermind
behind the acquisition. "It will be a 10-, 15-, even a 20-year
process. You can rewrite SAP [AG], but it will be 10 times easier to
rewrite Great Plains."