Gates Going, Going, Going

Unless you've been living in a ball of water like David Blaine, I'm sure you know that Bill Gates plans to back away from Microsoft over the next two years. This makes official what was already happening, as Gates first gave up business power to old buddy Steve Ballmer, and more recently ceded much of his authority to Chief Technology Officer Ray Ozzie. Ozzie now has the title that Gates invented for himself, chief software architect. In moving from CTO to CSA, Ozzie now has the freedom to set the direction his way -- in fact, in five years Microsoft software could have a whole new soul. That's quite a challenge -- and opportunity.

Microsoft Asks for Interop Earful
When it comes to interoperability, Microsoft wants customers to tell it like it is. It might not like what it hears from the new Interoperability Customer Executive Council, but it pledges to act on the members' complaints and work on their needs. My guess is that Microsoft will continue to push interoperability, but with Windows as the master of Linux, Unix and the Mac.

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Visual Studio Making Friends and Influencing Developers
Last week third parties came out in force to support relatively new development powerhouse Visual Studio 2005. Now you can connect MOM to Visual Studio, more easily resolve coding errors and program together more easily.

I've been asking a lot of corporate developers what they use and am finding that Redmond has some serious momentum, as they should -- they've been building development tools for over 30 years (you can't trust a development company over 30!).

What do you think? Java or .NET? And what issues do you face as a corporate developer? You know where to write: dbarney@redmondmag.com.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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