Microsoft and Vodafone yesterday began to flesh out the technical details behind their joint initiative to add mobile web services to applications.
Addressing an audience of programmers at Microsoft's annual Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, the firms outlined their proposal of a model that adopts existing industry-standard web services architectures.
This, they said, would "simplify the development of applications integrating mobile network services".
Ian Maxwell, group strategic relationship director at Vodafone, said in a statement: "To jump-start standardised mobile web services, Microsoft and Vodafone have produced a technical road map proposal for the industry.
"The proposed road map is an important first step towards gaining industry consensus on the convergence of mobile and PC applications and services."
The firms hope to increase the number of applications that can access mobile network services from mobile network terminals and PCs.
They described their web services architecture as vendor, platform and device-independent, encouraging broad participation of mobile network operators, application developers and platform providers.
The road map also addresses issues such as integrating mobile security and payment services with web services architecture, as well as the creation of location and messaging services.
Microsoft and Vodafone will invite industry feedback on their mobile web services efforts at a series of industry workshops, the first of which will be held in London in January 2004.
"This is a great opportunity for developers to apply their existing web services skills to access mobile network services," said Sanjay Parthasarathy, vice president of the platform strategy and partner group at Microsoft.
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