Microsoft Goes Coast to Coast With XML Web Services

Announces New SOAP Toolkit, Native SOAP Support for Windows XP, SOAP Industry

Interoperability Event and W3C Acceptance of New Security Specification



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Barnstorming the country,
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today made a number of product and industry
 announcements at different events dedicated to XML Web Services. In keynote
 presentations at XML DevCon Spring 2001 in New York City and at Web Services
 World and the W3C Workshop on Web Services in San Jose, Calif., Microsoft
 executives this week debuted a new SOAP Toolkit, announced native SOAP support
 for the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP operating system, invited SOAP developers
 to an interoperability event, confirmed acceptance of the jointly authored XML
 key management specification (XKMS) digital certificate specification by the
 World Wide Web Consortium and presented a road map for future XML Web Services
 directions to the W3C Workshop on Web Services.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "XML Web Services provide an open, Internet-native way to integrate
 different applications," said Dan'l Lewin, vice president of .NET business
 development at Microsoft. "Microsoft continues to help lead the industry
 through the open definition of standards as well as great products and tools
 that enable broad development and deployment for XML Web Services."
 
     Microsoft SOAP Toolkit
     Microsoft this week announced an updated version of the popular Microsoft
 SOAP Toolkit for the Visual Studio(R) 6.0 development system. The new version
 2.0 provides full support for SOAP 1.1 and the Web Services Description
 Language (WSDL). With the Toolkit, developers can build high-performance,
 commercial-quality XML Web Services or add such capabilities to any existing
 application that supports the Component Object Model (COM). In addition to
 offering new samples and debugging tools, this release also is fully
 interoperable with XML Web Services built using the Microsoft .NET Framework
 and has been tested with SOAP implementations from a variety of other vendors.
 A release candidate is available for download on at
 http://msdn.microsoft.com/, with the final release expected to be available
 from the same location later this month.
     "SOAP is the core protocol that lets us integrate XML Web Services over
 the Internet," said Dave Reed, general manager for XML at Microsoft. "The SOAP
 Toolkit is another effort by Microsoft to make XML Web Services accessible and
 easy for any developer."
 
     Native SOAP Support for Windows XP
     In addition to the stand-alone Toolkit, Microsoft also announced that
 Windows XP would have native support for SOAP, simplifying the efforts of
 developers building XML Web Services on Windows XP and ensuring that customers
 will be able to utilize such services easily. Just as Windows 2000 was the
 first operating system with native XML support, Windows XP is expected to be
 the first in the industry with native SOAP support.
 
     SOAP Industry Interoperability Event
     In addition, working with the SOAP community, the company announced its
 sponsorship of several upcoming interoperability events to ensure the highest
 level of industry compatibility around SOAP 1.1. More information is available
 to interested developers at http://msdn.microsoft.com/ .
 
     XKMS Specification Accepted by W3C With Strong Industry Support
     The W3C recently acknowledged the submission of the XML key management
 specification, which was jointly authored by Microsoft, VeriSign Inc. and
 webMethods Inc. with submission support from Baltimore Technologies, Citigroup
 Inc., Entrust Technologies Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., IONA
 Technologies Inc., PureEdge Solutions, Reuters Limited, RSA Security and
 Science Applications International Corp. The XKMS specification helps
 enterprises and developers use Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) digital
 signatures and encryption with XML Web Services. More information is available
 at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2001/Apr01/04-10VeriSignPR.asp
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Visual Studio are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other
 countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Barnstorming the country,
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today made a number of product and industry
 announcements at different events dedicated to XML Web Services. In keynote
 presentations at XML DevCon Spring 2001 in New York City and at Web Services
 World and the W3C Workshop on Web Services in San Jose, Calif., Microsoft
 executives this week debuted a new SOAP Toolkit, announced native SOAP support
 for the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP operating system, invited SOAP developers
 to an interoperability event, confirmed acceptance of the jointly authored XML
 key management specification (XKMS) digital certificate specification by the
 World Wide Web Consortium and presented a road map for future XML Web Services
 directions to the W3C Workshop on Web Services.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "XML Web Services provide an open, Internet-native way to integrate
 different applications," said Dan'l Lewin, vice president of .NET business
 development at Microsoft. "Microsoft continues to help lead the industry
 through the open definition of standards as well as great products and tools
 that enable broad development and deployment for XML Web Services."
 
     Microsoft SOAP Toolkit
     Microsoft this week announced an updated version of the popular Microsoft
 SOAP Toolkit for the Visual Studio(R) 6.0 development system. The new version
 2.0 provides full support for SOAP 1.1 and the Web Services Description
 Language (WSDL). With the Toolkit, developers can build high-performance,
 commercial-quality XML Web Services or add such capabilities to any existing
 application that supports the Component Object Model (COM). In addition to
 offering new samples and debugging tools, this release also is fully
 interoperable with XML Web Services built using the Microsoft .NET Framework
 and has been tested with SOAP implementations from a variety of other vendors.
 A release candidate is available for download on at
 http://msdn.microsoft.com/, with the final release expected to be available
 from the same location later this month.
     "SOAP is the core protocol that lets us integrate XML Web Services over
 the Internet," said Dave Reed, general manager for XML at Microsoft. "The SOAP
 Toolkit is another effort by Microsoft to make XML Web Services accessible and
 easy for any developer."
 
     Native SOAP Support for Windows XP
     In addition to the stand-alone Toolkit, Microsoft also announced that
 Windows XP would have native support for SOAP, simplifying the efforts of
 developers building XML Web Services on Windows XP and ensuring that customers
 will be able to utilize such services easily. Just as Windows 2000 was the
 first operating system with native XML support, Windows XP is expected to be
 the first in the industry with native SOAP support.
 
     SOAP Industry Interoperability Event
     In addition, working with the SOAP community, the company announced its
 sponsorship of several upcoming interoperability events to ensure the highest
 level of industry compatibility around SOAP 1.1. More information is available
 to interested developers at http://msdn.microsoft.com/ .
 
     XKMS Specification Accepted by W3C With Strong Industry Support
     The W3C recently acknowledged the submission of the XML key management
 specification, which was jointly authored by Microsoft, VeriSign Inc. and
 webMethods Inc. with submission support from Baltimore Technologies, Citigroup
 Inc., Entrust Technologies Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., IONA
 Technologies Inc., PureEdge Solutions, Reuters Limited, RSA Security and
 Science Applications International Corp. The XKMS specification helps
 enterprises and developers use Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) digital
 signatures and encryption with XML Web Services. More information is available
 at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2001/Apr01/04-10VeriSignPR.asp
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows and Visual Studio are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other
 countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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