Microsoft'sComponent Object Model. The ideais good, based around the concept of being able to create an object in any language with a language independant definition, and to let several of these objects work together.

Unfortuantly, in traditional style Microsoft forgot to account for a few small things, such as everything but polymorphism. They noticed this and tacked on late binding, distributed execution, system independant activation, persistance and a few other items.

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