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Microsoft plans Internet file standard

Microsoft is working on a standard file system for easier data access on the Internet.

Microsoft is making a pitch to establish a standard file system that could make it easier to access data over the Internet.

Microsoft is partnering with Network Appliance to establish a standard called the Common Internet File System (CIFS) to provide secure read-and-write access to files stored on remote computers without requiring users first to download, or copy, the files to a local computer, according to Microsoft. The proposed standard could make it easier to integrate existing applications with Web browsers for building corporate intranet applications.

CIFS is based on an established protocol for distributed file sharing that is already a part of Windows 95, Windows NT, OS/2, UNIX, VMS, NetWare, and other operating systems.

Microsoft plans to promote the standard through industry groups, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force.

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