10 years ago, Microsoft promised to build “the next generation Internet.” The occasion was Forum 2000, where Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer announced.NET, now one of the most popular frameworks used by software developers. .NET seems like it has been around forever now, but on June 22, 2000, Ballmer mentioned the word “.NET” a whopping 62 times in his keynote address as he made his case to software developers.
10 years into its life, .NET is still a major part of Microsoft’s cloud strategy. The company just updated Windows Azure software development kit to add support for .NET Framework 4, making it easier for developers to build applications in the cloud.
After 10 years, Microsoft is still betting on .NET as a key component of the next generation Internet.