NY Times: What is .NET anyway?

John Markoff reports on today’s Microsoft briefing on .NET.

Microsoft also warned today that the era of “open computing,” the free exchange of digital information that has defined the personal computer industry, is ending.

The company is trying to influence an industry consortium called the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance, which has been trying to create a new standard that will build a cryptographic key system into future personal computers.

The idea has been challenged in the past by both civil liberties and consumer groups, who argue that it could potentially undercut privacy and intellectual property fair-use rights.

Here’s Microsoft’s transcript of today’s talk by Bill Gates.

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