Ballmer spells out Microsoft's ASP strategy

Ballmer spells out Microsoft's ASP strategy

The world's largest software vendor will become an application service provider, letting users rent its applications.

Steve Ballmer
'Software will all evolve to become a service,' said Microsoft Corp. president Steve Ballmer during the company's recent annual Government Leaders Conference held in Seattle.

'In 10 years, will people buy software or use software services? Most will use software services because it's more convenient,' Ballmer said in an interview.

Company officials used the gathering of 400 government information technology executives from 130 countries to tout Microsoft's .Net initiative. Under .Net, all Microsoft products will have Extensible Markup Language embedded for greater scalability and interoperability.

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