Microsoft has revealed further details of its next-generation web services technology, codenamed Indigo.The next milestone is a community technology preview due in March which will allow developers to test, experiment and give feedback on the software before a beta release, the company said.
Indigo will be available in Longhorn, the next version of the Windows client operating system, as well as for Windows XP and Server 2003. Applications built using Indigo can exchange data with other applications, independent of the underlying platform and with a greater level of security and reliability, Microsoft claimed.The offering is also designed to cut the amount of code developers will need to write to create web services. Eric Rudder, senior vice president of servers and tools at Microsoft, said that Indigo is a "unified programming model for building these secure, reliable, service-oriented transactions".
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