Microsoft Launches WS-Discovery

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-02-23 Email Print this article Print

Microsoft and a group of partners were set last week to release a new Web services specification.

Microsoft and a group of partners were set last week to release a new Web services specification, which will help provide Web services interoperability and support for occasionally connected devices and systems, sources said.

The specification, called WS-Discovery, is supported by Microsoft, Canon, BEA Systems and Intel. The companies were set to announce the specification at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, sources said.

The WS-Discovery specification acts somewhat like the UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) standard, except it will focus on devices and systems that are not always connected to the network. WS-Discovery is complementary to UDDI and will work with other protocols, such as WS-Eventing, WS-Addressing, WS-Security and WS-ReliableMessaging.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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