Microsoft's Great Web Offensive

Undaunted by the dot-com downturn, Gates & Co. isn't hedging its bets on .Net. The goal: Dominate cyberspace as Windows does PCs

When Microsoft announced its new software platform, called .Net, in June, 2000, the response was lukewarm. Cynical reporters and software developers wondered whether hulking, old-school Microsoft could create new consumer and business software that would achieve the company's goal of dominating the free-spirited Internet.

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