I mean, it wasn't actually the same for everybody. It might have been C#, it might have been Java, it might have been some new language, but it was going to be a modern language. A fast language. It was gonna be a scalable language, in the sense of large-scale engineering. Building desktop apps. That's the way it was gonna be.
The implication of this is that this type of architecture is one that more people might be gravitating towards when developing robust web applications without realizing it. Interesting that with the advent and surging popularity of web applications, the decline of desktop applications ("fat", "thick" clients) was greatly exaggerated. They are coming back just in an altered and less recognizable form.