Distributed Computing Environment supplies a framework and a toolkit for developing client/server applications. The framework includes:
- a Remote Procedure Call (RPC) mechanism known as DCE-RPC
- a naming Service (Directory Service)
- a time service
- an authentication service
- a distributed file system ([DFS) known as DCE-DFS
Distributed Computing Environment has not seen much success in practical implementation; however, its underlying concepts have had more substantial influence over subsequent efforts.