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Philip Brittan

Philip Brittan has been writing software and running software companies for 15 years. He grew up on a ranch in Montana and has a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University. He was lead developer, then VP Product Development, and finally CEO of financial software firm Astrogamma. Philip then founded and ran software development firm Spheresoft, and then founded Droplets, Inc., of which he is currently Chairman. In addition to starting companies and writing Java code, Philip enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, composing music, and playing with his kids.


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Embrace, Extend, Extinguish on the browser?

Posted by pbrittan on October 9, 2003 at 6:31 AM PDT

Is Microsoft ready to move onto the 'extinguish' phase with the Web browser?

Open Standards: Apps and Infrastructure

Posted by pbrittan on September 30, 2003 at 9:31 AM PDT

One valuable capability of open standards is to let customers decouple application decisions from infrastructure choices.

Avalon: A new UI for Windows

Posted by pbrittan on September 29, 2003 at 1:35 PM PDT

Avalon gives Microsoft an opportunity to demonstrate its leverage over the user experience and to shake up competitors.

Microsoft and Web Services

Posted by pbrittan on September 22, 2003 at 10:06 AM PDT

Web Services are a way for Microsoft to leverage the existing base of J2EE without having to do anything to support Java explicitly.

Building software that matters

Posted by pbrittan on September 17, 2003 at 1:42 PM PDT

Industry gurus claiming that technology no longer matters to Corporate America may be drawing the wrong conclusion from the wrong evidence.

Just wanted to let everyone know that I wrote an article titled Building software that matters that was published on ZDNet today.

Pre-Integrated Airplanes

Posted by pbrittan on September 10, 2003 at 11:01 AM PDT

If the IT industry wants to be more like other, mature manufacturing industries, then large vendors need to be willing and able to integrate and resell software components as easily as they do hardware parts.

We’re exhibiting at Oracle World in San Francisco this week. Yesterday, I watched Scott McNealy give a keynote address. It was as entertaining as always.

.NET on Linux, part 2 - "It's the API, stupid"

Posted by pbrittan on September 4, 2003 at 7:56 AM PDT

Speculation on a strategy for Microsoft to co-opt Linux

Pardon the title. I'm not actually calling anyone stupid. Just couldn't resist co-opting President Clinton's '92 campaign theme.

"I wonder when the Java developers will be as happy as the Mickeys"

Posted by pbrittan on September 3, 2003 at 6:03 AM PDT

What do you think about when you write Java?

.NET on Linux

Posted by pbrittan on September 2, 2003 at 7:34 AM PDT

Could Microsoft co-opt Linux?

Java vs. .NET, part 5 - Rich thin clients

Posted by pbrittan on August 26, 2003 at 6:37 AM PDT

Let Java play to its strengths and co-opt Microsoft’s advantages

In the previous parts of this series on Java vs. Microsoft .NET, I lay out the threat that .NET poses to the Java ecosystem and the advantages on which Microsoft is relying to carry out that threat.