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You wrote:

I'd have to disagree. I think Apache is probably the best server on Windows.

Yes it ist definitely, from a technically point of view. But look at the stats, what webserver has the most installation on Windows platforms? IIS, because it's convenient. These ASPs are so easy to use - just ask the Motley Fool IT staff why they choose IIS and ASP!

And exactly that is may point: It's not about technical superiority, its about market power. Microsoft has absolute power in certain areas (the desktop) and is on its way to extend it to the whole Internet with .NET.

The major roadblock for them is that the internet is populated by weird Unix-savy, open-source guys who can not only tell the difference between ASP and PERL but also base their decisions on this knowledge. Microsoft had not much credibility, both technical (bah, M$) and political (Your quote: "Microsoft is now not competing against a small company, but the entire free world") in that domain.

Well IMHO the Gnome/.NET decision is the first step to remove this credibility roadblock. Maybe the Linux community thinks they can use Microsoft by selecting the good stuff from their APIs and reimplement them on Linux. Or is it the other way around: Microsoft getting mindshare in the open source community by offering efficient APIs? Who utilizes whom?


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