Microsoft is hinging much of its future in the enterprise on a Distributed Network Architecture (DNA), which will rely on Windows NT Server and the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), a company official has said at the Explorer '97 conference.
Microsoft will push NT 5.0, due to be released in beta form in the coming weeks, as the best platform for creating distributed applications, according to Jeff Raikes, group vice president of sales and marketing at Microsoft.
NT 5.0, DNA and COM3, the next version of COM, are expected to be the main focal points at the Professional Developers Conference that Microsoft is hosting in San Diego next week. Conference-goers will receive a CD of prerelease code for NT 5.0, which Microsoft hopes to ship in mid-1998.
By enhancing COM's cross-platform capabilities, Microsoft hopes to sell the architecture to developers who want to build cross-platform, distributed applications, Microsoft officials will stress.
"Using DCOM, software developers can deploy distributed applications without complex programming. Like any ActiveX technology, DCOM is language-neutral," states a document on the company's Web site.