Windows Server System Magazine - Microsoft's Platform Strategies for 2004-2005: "This is the third Trends & Analysis column in a series focused on the past, present, and future of Microsoft's platform strategies. The first column, 'Understanding Microsoft's Platform Strategies,' established a framework for evaluating Microsoft's product line in terms of platforms, tools, applications, and services. The second, 'Microsoft's Platform Strategies Today,' described how .NET has matured during the last two years. This one focuses on .NET Framework 2.0, Visual Studio 2005, and SQL Server 2005, three of the most important development projects Microsoft has ever undertaken."
(3-page article; annoyingly the "printer friendly" version seems to be busticated at the moment)