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Microsoft Primes Developers for Next Generation Web

Microsoft Corp. Tuesday showed developers a glimpse of the future of enterprise Web applications at the Visual Basic Insiders Technical Summit.

The much-hyped suite includes the Windows 2000 operating system as the cornerstone of Windows DNA 2000 and the Visual Studio 7.0 development system, which will simplify the development of enterprise Web applications. These enhancements will build on the existing skill set of over 3.2 million developers using Visual Basic.

Microsoft (MSFT) demonstrated features in Visual Studio that let developers create Web services to link applications, services and devices with one another over the Internet using HTTP, XML and SOAP, an XML-based standard for cross-platform object invocation. Web services are created the same way that developers using Visual Basic build business objects today, so developers will be able to use their existing knowledge and skills to build next-generation enterprise Web applications. Developers on any platform can reuse Web Services in their Web applications regardless of the hardware and software running the Web Service.

Building on the concept of the programmable Web, Microsoft also Tuesday announced ASP+ Web Forms. With this tool, developers will be able to build HTML-based forms that are rendered on the Web server in the same way that they build an application for Windows with Visual Basic today. ASP+ Web Forms work with any Visual Studio language and run on any browser and any platform.

The software giant also introduced key features in Visual Studio 7.0 that will provide developers with the tools needed to build Next Generation Windows Services. The Microsoft Visual Studio development system includes a complete suite of award-winning tools for building scalable enterprise solutions. These tools provide comprehensive support for building all aspects of a multitier solution based on the Windows DNA platform. This includes building cross-platform Web applications, as well as client/server applications based on the Windows operating system.

"Microsoft is focused on arming the millions of developers using Visual Basic with a comprehensive Web development tool featuring deep XML support and complete object-oriented programming capabilities," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft president and chief executive officer.