from the not-necessarily-a-bad-thing-in-the-long-run dept.
Alex T-B writes "Looks like Microsoft is taking the threat from CORBA and Java seriously. They've
launched a network protocol suite [C-Net story] to embrace
and extend the distributed business software market. SOAP, as
it's called, is based on XML, and is supposed to move audiences
away from UNIX and towards adopting Win2k and fully MS-ized
software solutions. Interestingly, no MS software is needed to
use SOAP, and it levels the playing field as 'proprietary'
solutions can be replaced with a universal standard that
enabled apps written in different languages to communicate with
each other easily over the internet. Is MS actually doing the
market a favour by removing vendors' 'lock-in' strategies to
It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small
price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.