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In a recent Gartner survey, 48 percent of enterprises worldwide reported plans to adopt Microsoft .NET technology. Considering that .NET entered the marketplace as recently as February 2001, this survey sends a resounding message ­ Microsoft technology has established a strong foothold in the enterprise computing arena. Microsoft .NET is the future direction of the Microsoft software machine. With over 6 million Visual Studio .NET developers in the market and the stated goal of allowing these developers to create "reliably built, hosted, deployed, and utilized solutions using Web services," .NET has been or will be integrated into all Microsoft products. Determined to make its mark in a space long dominated by IBM and other Java-centric vendors, Microsoft has devoted a great deal of resources to rounding out its overall offering to the enterprise. Furthermore, Micro... (more)