Microsoft's .Net set to link to Apache(July 31, 2002)
Microsoft will take a significant step toward expanding the appeal of its .Net software plan by linking to Apache, one of the most important open-source software projects.
The software giant plans to extend .Net to the popular Apache Web server, which could give Microsoft access to a far larger audience of software developers. Apache is used by more than half of all Internet sites, according to an ongoing survey by research firm Netcraft.
Microsoft, which recently hold a day-long session at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters to outline its plans for .Net, is increasing its efforts to link .Net to popular, non-Microsoft software packages.
The links to Apache are expected to be announced Wednesday by Covalent Technologies, a venture-backed company that sells Apache along with support and enhancements. Covalent employs several of the central Apache programmers.