Microsoft Introduces Web Services

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Veteran tech reporter John Markoff has a story in today's New York TImes saying that Microsoft will offer web services, thus competing against Yahoo. Google -- and the web itself...

The strategic shift... represents an acknowledgment by the company, the world's largest software publisher, that the Internet has once again changed the rules of business, forcing Microsoft to scramble to catch up....

The new technologies, which are based on the idea of open Internet standards that allow many applications to be easily connected, is a potential threat to Microsoft because users will be able to select competing software products rather than be locked into large applications suites like Office.

The article is significant more for what it says about the strength of the tools emerging on the open Internet than for any of Microsoft's announced plans to replace them.