The application server market is dominated by Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) software. Non-J2EE offerings are in a distinct minority. The most noteworthy
exception to this rule and, certainly, the most serious challenge to J2EE dominance at present, is Microsoft.
The .net framework from Microsoft is an integral part of its latest flagship server operating system - Windows .net Server. The release candidate is due to ship in summer 2002. To win over the Java alternative, Butler Group believes Microsoft either needs to leverage the Windows desktop penetration, or guarantee it will be able to outperform Java consistently.
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