“Bill Gates launched .Net, a new way of programming Windows applications, to much fanfare in 2000. And when Microsoft started developing Windows Vista, a new operating system due out this year, company officials promised it would make heavy use of .Net. But British programmer Richard Grimes says Microsoft is pulling back on use of .Net in Vista. Grimes studied a prerelease version of Vista and found that it didn’t use .Net much. Grimes’ conclusion: Microsoft has lost confidence in .Net and no longer plans to use it to write its own software. One downside to the change in plans: The older programming tools that Microsoft programmers used to write Vista could result in an operating system that’s more virus-prone than a version of Windows written with .Net, which has built-in security features,” Owen Thomas reports for Business 2.0.

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