Those familiar with the Mozilla infrastructure might recognize the similarity between its potential as a distributed application framework and Microsoft’s new (ahem, innovative) .NET services forecast. The thing to point out here is that Mozilla is currently about 8-12 months or so ahead of Microsoft. While companies are building applications on top of Mozilla now, Microsoft doesn’t expect to even launch their services until 2002.
So, Microsoft wants to become an Application Service Provider. Does this scare the bejesus out of anyone else? Do we really want Microsoft to control the Internet of the future?
Still, the biggest problem facing such services is the fact that most homes still do not have a broadband Internet connection capable of supporting them. Telecommunications geeks will talk your ear off about “the last mile” problem, but we’re still many years away until broadband access is pervasive enough to support such services for the consumer market. Instead, what we’ll see is an early focus on selling these services to businesses and corporations who have the broadband infrastructure in place, with a later focus on the consumer market.
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Posted by Cameron Barrett at June 26, 2000 03:15 PM