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Microsoft AJAX Library Part of SaaS Strategy

"Software Plus Services" Becomes a New Redmond Mantra

Microsoft's Ray Ozzie has started to try to redefine SaaS, software-as-a-service, as "software and a service," a combination of desktop software and web-based widgetry, the company's latest shot at the Internet.

"Even SaaS providers have found the need to expand offerings to include an offline edition," he said. "SaaS 1 meant the web; SaaS 2 has come to embrace the unique value of the client."

"It is thought provoking," he ventured, "to listen to the extreme viewpoint: no more software." But "I've been though five software transitions and the pendulum did swing, but the best solutions were integrated that would bring together the best of one world with the best of the other."

This all happened at a so-called MIX07 developers conference Microsoft put together in Las Vegas and comes down to a fight over developers and the web as a development platform, which in turn means slapping down Adobe, whose widgetry is used by such as YouTube.

In the run-up to Microsoft's beta release of Silverlight 1.0 and alpha release of Silverlight 1.1 this week, the cross-browser plug-in that's supposed to be an RIA alternative to Adobe's Flash player - Adobe's way of adding multimedia content to web sites - Adobe played the first card and said it would open source its Flex web development framework - under the relatively restrictive do-not-distribute Mozilla License - when Flex is updated to the new Moxie version in the second half.

It's clearly a bid to appeal to open source developers.

Microsoft countered by integrating a subset of the ubiquitous .NET Framework, its way of writing desktop programs, into Silverlight 1.1, a web adaptation of Windows Presentation Foundation, the user-interface widgetry in Vista and Microsoft's way of writing video apps that run on the Internet, painlessly moving its developer base to the web. Silverlight 1.0 should come out this summer.

Microsoft also added Silverlight tools to Orcas, the next version of the Visual Studio IDE.

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AjaxWorld News Desk 05/04/07 12:28:03 PM EDT

In the run-up to Microsoft's beta release of Silverlight 1.0 and alpha release of Silverlight 1.1 this week, the cross-browser plug-in that's supposed to be an RIA alternative to Adobe's Flash player - Adobe's way of adding multimedia content to web sites - Adobe played the first card and said it would open source its Flex web development framework - under the relatively restrictive do-not-distribute Mozilla License - when Flex is updated to the new Moxie version in the second half.