Will Microsoft Embrace or Deface XML?
In my reviews of XML standards and Microsoft's .Net products, I've consistently questioned whether Microsoft will support the standards and, if so, how fully.In my reviews of XML standards and Microsofts .Net products, Ive consistently questioned whether Microsoft will support the standards and, if so, how fully. Well, just about two months after the release of the key XML Schema standard, it looks as if Microsoft is going for full support of the standards, rather than its more common embrace-and-extend strategy. I came to this conclusion while at the Microsoft TechEd conference last month in Atlanta. In sessions about deploying Web services and using XML (which were heavily attended), Microsoft developers and managers consistently showed examples based on thorough support of XML standards.
I even attended a session on the XML Schema standard itself, where the presenter said straight out that developers should be using the XML Schema Definition instead of the XML Data Reduced schema on which many Microsoft products, including BizTalk Server 2000, are based.