Sunday, November 23, 2003 1:49 PM bart

The magic of v3.0

Lots of people joke that Microsoft products are useful only if those products are v3.0 or higher. Now, consider this idea which I made during my last ASP.NET presentation: ".NET is Microsoft v3.0". First there was DOS "Disk Operating System", a pure desktop oriented system on which the first v2.0 products, Windows 95, 98, Me, were built. Version 2.0 was all about GUIs with Windows 9x and networking with Windows NT "new technology". So, we were in a client-server environment. Today we're in version 3.0  - .NET - in which we have not only clients and servers but also the bridges between all those systems (server-server, client-server, client-client) with services based on open standards such as XML, SOAP, ... And I have the feeling (and a lot of people with me) that this is a great vision ... it's version 3.0, remember :-).Del.icio.us | Digg It | Technorati | Blinklist | Furl | reddit | DotNetKicks

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# re: The magic of v3.0

Thursday, November 27, 2003 7:38 PM by bart

Nice vision, but right? Then, where would you place Windows 3.0 ^^ in your vision?

# re: The magic of v3.0

Thursday, November 27, 2003 8:32 PM by bart

I agree there is some overlap between all those "versions". DOS still existed when Windows was built. The Windows technology will live further in the .NET timeframe.

So, to answer your question: in my opinion all the pre-Windows 95 products can be placed in the DOS timeframe; it's just a graphicall shell on top of DOS, not a real OS itself (while Windows 95 was a stand-alone OS that contained a lot of DOS underneath the covers).

It was (almost) all about clients or little networks. In the v2.0 timeframe the client-server model became more and more important, while today in v3.0 there's the new magic word of "services".