Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Ozzie on Middleware

...have we now transitioned to a world in which there is a sustainable advantage for redistributable commodity middleware versions of "good enough" solutions? Although "Windows bundling" used to represent a surefire way to create a de facto systems-level standard e.g. MAPI, might new Windows innovations be ultimately less utilized/leveraged than commodity middleware, given the increasing fragmentation of the market?

This seems to highlight the benefit of the VM based approach were the technology can straddle the various OS levels it's being deployed on. Interesting food for thought.
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