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The underlying hardware or software for a system. For example, the platform might be an Intel 80486 processor running DOS Version 6.0. The platform could also be UNIX machines on an Ethernet network.

The platform defines a standard around which a system can be developed. Once the platform has been defined, software developers can produce appropriate software and managers can purchase appropriate hardware and applications. The term is often used as a synonym of operating system.

The term cross-platform refers to applications, formats, or devices that work on different platforms. For example, a cross-platform programming environment enables a programmer to develop programs for many platforms at once.



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Outstanding Page ServerWatch - Guide to Internet Servers and Platforms
Includes ratings, industry news, extensive reviews, and downloadable server software.

  Platform Independent FAQ - Part I
Describe platform-independent Graphical User Interfaces (PIGUIs). The FAQ is written and maintained by Ross McKay. Updated on Nov 3, 1997

  Yahoo!'s directory of software platforms
Yahoo!'s directory of software platforms. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Yahoo!'s hardware platforms page
Yahoo!'s directory of hardware platforms. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Yahoo!'s Web server platforms page
Yahoo!'s directory of Web server platforms. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

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