Sun Objects to Microsofts Web Services Workshop
Sun claims Microsoft is holding a workshop but only extending invitations to "a private invite list."Sun Microsystems Inc. is crying foul over a Web services workshop Microsoft Corp. is planning for Tuesday. Microsoft is holding a workshop to solicit input on the WS-ReliableMessaging (WS-RM) specification that Microsoft developed in conjunction with IBM, BEA Systems Inc. and Tibco Software Inc. and announced in March. However, Sun said it takes exception to the workshop because the WS-RM work essentially duplicates the efforts of Sun, Oracle Corp. and several other companies to develop the WS-Reliability specification last January. Sun and its partners on WS-Reliability submitted the specification to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) in February and expected anyone else interested in working on a standard for reliable messaging in the Web services space to join that effort. "Were talking about reliable messaging. This is one of the things, along with security, that we really need" to get Web services to take off in the enterprise, said Susy Struble, program manager for Web standards and technologies at Sun. "Still these folks have this proprietary specification and are not working with us."
Struble said Sun objected to Microsoft holding a workshop but only extending invitations to "a private invite list." However, the invitation did make it to the OASIS WS-Reliability technical committee via some members who received invites. And the invitations, from a Microsoft employee, encouraged receivers to "feel free to pass this information along to potential participants either in your company or elsewhere." However, Sun has not been invited directly, Struble said.