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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 5:22 am

Gates Fears Web Services

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The following item was published just half an hour ago. It speaks of a memo from Bill Gates, which reflects on fear from the Web giants.

SEATTLE – The technology industry shift’s to Internet-based software and services represents a massive and disruptive “sea change,” Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates wrote to top-level executives in a memo aimed at rallying his troops against the new competitive threats the company faces.

Gates compares the push toward such services — which range from online business software offerings to free Web-based e-mail — to the changes he saw nearly a decade ago. Then, he wrote a now-famous memo, called “The Internet Tidal Wave,” the (sic.) prompted a massive shift at Microsoft toward Internet-based technology.

This is closely related to an article from CNN on AJAX and its effect on Windows. A few days ago Gates announced the creation of Internet-based Office and prematurely unveiled live.com.

Yesterday I discovered a user-friendly AJAX development environment called Morfik. It resembles Visual Basic in terms of productivity, I’m informed. Will Web applications soon be constructed as easily and rapidly as desktop-based applications. If so, will Morfik, the sponsor of the recent Web 2.0 conference, take a strong lead? Let us remember that Web applications require no installation, to name just one among the distinguishable traits. This makes them easy to market and promote.

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