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Windows DNA 2000 Provides Pervasive XML Support
For Next-Generation Web Development
Microsoft Deepens Commitment to XML as Industry-Standard Integration Mechanism
REDMOND, Wash. - Sept. 13, 1999 - Microsoft Corp. today expanded its industry-leading commitment to eXtensible Markup Language (XML) with a series of announcements for far-reaching XML support in Windows® Distributed interNet Architecture (Windows DNA) 2000, the next generation of the Microsoft® platform for building distributed Web applications. XML, an industry-standard technology developed by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C), enables heterogeneous interoperability of data, components, business processes and applications over the Internet.
The Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, the cornerstone of Windows DNA 2000, is the first operating system with integrated, end-to-end XML support. Key products of the Windows DNA 2000 solution will offer new features and functionality based on XML, including Microsoft SQL Server, the "Babylon" Integration Server, Microsoft Commerce Server and Microsoft BizTalk™ Server.
The key enabler for Microsoft's vision of integrated, programmable Web services is XML. Through the exchange of XML messages, services can easily describe their capabilities and allow any other service, application or device on the Internet to easily invoke those capabilities. To help realize that vision, Microsoft today is submitting to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) an Internet draft specification for the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), an XML-based mechanism that bridges different object models over the Internet and provides an open mechanism for Web services to communicate with one another.
"XML is a key enabler for a new generation of Internet opportunities, linking together applications, services and devices," said Paul Maritz, group vice president, Developer Group, Microsoft. "Through our universal support for XML, Microsoft is making these opportunities a reality for Web developers today."
Microsoft Builds on Long-Standing Commitment to XML
To date, Microsoft has actively participated in the W3C's creation and standardization of XML and has aggressively delivered XML support in its products. For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer was the industry's first browser software to support XML. For developers, Microsoft provides a standalone, redistributable version of MSXML, a general purpose XML parser that lets any application easily manipulate XML information. In addition, Microsoft recently created the MSDN™ XML Developer Center, which offers developers tools and resources to help them take advantage of XML. Finally, with dozens of industry partners, customers and standards bodies, Microsoft has helped develop the BizTalk Framework to accelerate the adoption and use of XML for e-commerce and enterprise application integration.
Following is a summary of Microsoft initiatives and products supporting XML:
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