Microsoft will preview its new web services technology next month.
Codenamed "Indigo" the release to software developers is intended as a prelude to a full beta release later this year.
Applications built using Indigo will be able to interact and exchange data with other applications, independent of the underlying operating platform, said Microsoft.
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Microsoft added that Indigo would offer better security and more reliable communications between applications than other solutions on the market with the help of built-in WS- specifications: a group of interoperable protocols developed by Microsoft and a range of industry partners that are designed to deliver a better web services performance.
Microsoft entered the web services market in 2002 with the launch of its .net Framework, a platform environment for building and developing web services.
Microsoft said its existing web services products would be supported by and integrated with Indigo.