Oracle claims it has transcended the browser wars with the launch of its cross-platform development environment for the network computer (NC).
Its network computing architecture (NCA), based on the open Corba/http standards, will be incorporated in Web Server 3, due to ship in Q1 1997.
The launch follows CEO Larry Ellison's comment at the IDC conference in Paris last month that he would try to stop Microsoft's bid to put Windows on every desk and server.
Mark Jarvis, Oracle VP for server marketing, said users were sceptical about how much of MS' Active X code would be in the public domain.
But MS Internet marketing manager Jeremy Gittins said the announcement was proof that Oracle had been forced to use Active X in its own strategy.
'Active X is the platform on which the Net is being built,' said Gittins.
'It seems Oracle has finally recognised that.'
Jarvis said the battle for standards over integrating client software with Web applications server risked holding back the development of the Web and the NC.
He claimed that NCA was an open standard which supported rival products including Active X Desktop, Netscape and Java.
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