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Three years later, and IT managers are still confused. So confused that Microsoft decided to drop the .Net labels from the launch of Windows Server 2003, a next generation operating system.
"We unfortunately have not been superclear in the past about what .Net is and what .Net isnt," said Barry Goffe, a group product manager at Microsofts server platform division, in a recent Globe and Mail article.
.Net will be built into the architecture of all Microsoft software, but the .Net brand will likely be kept under wraps until the market finally understands the benefits of the technology.
If youre still in the dark about .Net, visit www.microsoft.com/net/ for a basic explanation of .Net and XML, what it does and why its important.