Microsoft's message to ASPs is that they need to become partners in what it calls the Web Services Ecosystem, a concept that's very similar in principle to a map of the web services value matrix that I've been presenting at conferences recently and hope to publish online soon. Here's a useful article about Microsoft's updated ASP vision.
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Thursday, November 01, 2001
WS-Inspection could supplant UDDI
Yet more co-operation between rival giants IBM and Microsoft to create strong standards for web services. According to this article, the proposed WS-Inspection tag will be an alternative to UDDI used where companies already have a relationship. But it may ultimately turn out to be a replacement for UDDI, used as a back-end connection standard by commercial directories that offer more sophisticated search and verification capabilities than UDDI will ever offer.
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Monday, October 29, 2001
Patents hurdle for web services
Another footnote on the patents game comes from this story about a small New Jersey software developer that just happens to hold an early 1996 patent defining how computers can access web servers to run software on multiple platforms. Could it stop the entire Web services juggernaut in its tracks? Hardly. But the article does highlight how the cost of legal proceedings skews intellectual property law in favour of large, wealthy corporations.
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