Microsoft disclosed some details on a new development tool for hobbyists and non-professionals, part of an industry-wide effort to turn end users into developers.
In a blog posting on Tuesday, Microsoft product manager John Montgomery discussed a prototype for a product coming from the Non-Professional Tools Team (NPT).
The notion of empowering end users to build their own applications has been touted for years. But there are several efforts to make this more realistic.
In addition to Microsoft, IBM has developed QEDwiki, a tool aimed at making quick "enterprise mashups" that combine information from different system. Some scripting may be required.
Meanwhile, several so-called Web 2.0 companies are tackling the issue with Web site building tools.
, for example, on Tuesday released a hosted database and spreadsheet meant for quickly building Web applications.