Lotus president Jeff Papows will tomorrow meet with Microsoft chief Bill Gates to try to broker a peace in the object standards wars.
The two heads will talk about ways to meld together the main rival object technologies - Microsoft's DCOM and the Object Management Group's Corba.
At this week's Internet Expo, Papows praised Microsoft's Internet strategy and said Gates was "reasonable" to offer a more granular level of Java and distributed object integration - even though Lotus parent IBM is more usually at odds with Microsoft over objects and backs the Corba would-be standard.
Papows also urged vendors to stop squabbling over the merits and dangers of the two technologies and instead define pure Java-based object request broker semantics to ensure interoperability between the two.
He called on vendors to develop ways to enable Microsoft's Application Foundation Classes to coexist with Internet Foundation Classes. "You need to vote with your checkbooks to make it happen," he said.
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