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Microsoft’s game plan was slightly different than just creating a platform that looked better than Java

In 2000, Microsoft announced that it is building a brand new runtime and a framework called .NET. At the heart of .NET was the Common Language Runtime (CLR) designed to execute an assembly like language known as Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL).

This was at a time when Sun was trying to lure the developers away from Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C++ to their flagship Java platform. It was not just Microsoft but an array of language and platform players were seriously threatened by Java’s dominance. Microsoft realized that by supporting more languages on top of .NET could bring multiple vendors to join them in challenging Sun.



So, Microsoft created a standard called Common Language Interface (CLI) and submitted it to ISO and ANSI. Along with it, Microsoft started engaging with Fujitsu, ActiveState and academia to bring COBOL, PERL, Fortran, Python and even Java to the .NET platform. Microsoft .NET looked similar to Java in its approach of creating a runtime (CLR), libraries (.NET Fx) and language (C#).

But Microsoft’s game plan was slightly different than just creating a platform that looked better than Java. Microsoft wanted to downplay the significance of a language by elevating the power of mature framework and a high performance runtime. Microsoft hoped that by on-boarding developers from diverse environments, they could become the de-facto platform for deploying applications. As one of the early .NET evangelists, I vividly remember demonstrating how to build a web application by assembling components written in half-a-dozen languages (I actually wrote an ASP.NET Web Form in COBOL!).

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