FUD around .NET At least one person is not afraid of pointing out that Microsoft's .NET "strategy" is devoid of all content. And that view seems to be echoed from the inside. Where does that leave this columnist? Well, Microsoft has wanted to rent software instead of selling it for a long time (good luck, that creates a terrible ownership experience). Microsoft also wants to put together a central authentication infrastructure (which they can only hope to do because they have a desktop monopoly). This is more serious.