Microsoft's much-hyped .net strategy is likely to take a generation before business takes notice, IT managers claimed this week.
Launched last week, .net is Microsoft's ambitious initiative for combining the operating system with Web-based information and application services.
The idea is to make software accessible from any device online.
But Microsoft's Web-based vision has so far failed to impress IT professionals in the business community. A Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question poll found that only 28% of IT managers believe Microsoft's .net will alter their IT department's strategy over the next three years.
In contrast, 47% of IT professionals said that their IT department's strategy would remain unchanged by .net.
Among the majority of .net sceptics, one IT manager said, "The ability to access your programs and data from anywhere with any appropriate device is computing's holy grail. However, I suspect that the reality will fall far short of the vision for 10 or 20 years at least."
Another IT professional claimed that in the past Microsoft had tried and failed to achieve the connectivity promised by .net. "Full connectivity has been a Microsoft objective for several years and they haven't made any significant progress beyond the concept stage," he said.