Microsoft chairman Bill Gates yesterday announced a framework for industry participation, co-operation and feedback on technology development initiatives at the Redmond giant.
He told developers at the TechEd conference that the first Shared Development Process project would be defining an extended set of HailStorm web services.
HailStorm is a set of software building blocks based on the company's Passport service that permits applications and services to co-operate on behalf of consumers.
The framework will provide procedural, technical and legal tools that companies can use to work together.
"As the computing model shifts from standalone applications to constellations of applications, devices and services working together on the user's behalf, we need a broad framework for working closely with industry partners to solve the next generation of computing challenges," said Sanjay Parthasarathy, vice president of Microsoft's .Net platform strategy.
He added that HailStorm services will undergo a test period this summer.
Gates described the second beta of the company's Visual Studio.NET toolkit as the tools for building web services based on XML.
He said that his company has also added support for Fortran and Report Program Generation to the Common Language Runtime within Visual Studio which brings the total to more than 20 languages.
He told attendees they would receive the beta code during the conference.
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