The web services battle between Sun Microsystems and Microsoft continues to escalate as both vendors launched products designed to further define their visions.
On Tuesday, Sun Microsystems detailed new products, services, reference architectures and tools for the company's Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) software.
Components include the availability of the Sun ONE Starter Kit, a four-CD technical resource to develop and deploy services on demand; the iPlanet Portal Server, which provides collaborative community-based instant messaging and teaming; a new set of upgrades to Solaris 8 Operating Environment; and an unlimited development and evaluation licence for the iPlanet Application Server.
Ed Zander, Sun's president and chief operating officer, said the company has integrated the Sun ONE architecture to provide the ease of integrated products and the choice to use others.
"No one else offers this approach," he said. "The options are clear: an open, integratable solution as part of a complete end-to-end solution, such as Sun ONE, or complex and closed options which, in time, will restrict opportunities for growth and integration."
On the same day Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced a number of major deliverables for third-party software developers for the .Net platform, Microsoft's next-generation solution for web services.
Gates told attendees of the company's Professional Developers Conference that the company's plan is to make easy and familiar tools for building and deploying web services.
"Our mission is simple: enable developers to be at the forefront of the XML web services revolution with powerful, productive tools that deliver business value fast," he said.
Microsoft announced Visual Studio .Net and .Net Framework release candidates, and .Net development for smart devices.
The company also unveiled the technology preview for the Smart Device Extensions for Visual Studio.Net and .Net Compact Framework. The tools are part of a software development called the Global XML Web Services Architecture.
The architecture is comprised of four specifications designed to advance web services for more complex tasks, such as security and routing.
Analysts agree, however, that no leader has emerged since much of the technology and standards are only just becoming available.
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