portuno, am I waiting for silverlight? problem I have data from a software written for xp. an organization wants to get all business components to contribute their data to a data base which is not written by the same company. if they had silverlight operational could they webisize(html to xml) the data and get their data from an xml query? without some middleware/solution, data search would require receiving query, separate database search, posting to the main organizations database. your thoughts?
my own take is that msft's medical/hr database aspirations are seriously being hindered by vcsy. there is a combination of health organizations which individually probably represent one of the largest msft installations in the world which cannot roll out their real product, but are relegated to a half a_ssed roll out of a suboptimal product. they are not able to provide billing and scheduling components but have people doing them thru pc/book ledgers/third parties. They are taking a serious hit. It's so easy right now to go the the state AG's and complain of antitrust/monopolistic behavior , especially in view of their current e records product.
Additionally, this problem is probably delaying the capex on hardware/software for virtualization/consulting monies/etc that a roll out would entail. all of their partners would/should be pushing for closure.
neo - it's my opinion Microsoft's entire world went screwy when the Medical devices work Intel formalize in February 2005 went haywire because Microsoft couldn't come through on their promises and assurances the technology for such distributed information movement would be available.
What you're describing is the rot that's beset Microsoft's advanced lines ever since 2004. But, I think we'll see an expanding awareness in the industry as Microsoft is being forced to come out into the open to show off the test projects they've been coddling the clients with all this time.
If they can't, the client gets stuck in the back with all the lab gear and their advantage they worked on for all these years goes away.