Microsoft's .NET Framework celebrates its 10th b'day! It was ten years ago, — July 7, 2000 — Microsoft announced its brand-new application development initiative, the .NET Framework, at TechEd Amsterdam. The company then delivered Technology Preview at PDC in Orlando, Florida on July 11,2000.
Paul Maritz (now with VMware) provided PDC attendees the "Microsoft .NET Framework and Visual Studio.NET for building, integrating and running next-generation, XML-based Web services. Visual Studio.NET, the latest version of world's most widely used development tools, provides native support for drag & drop development of Web services. Together, these two products provide developers with a high productivity, multilanguage environment to rapidly build, deliver and integrate Web services on the Microsoft .NET Platform."
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