Microsoft has released a community technology preview (CTP) of its new Indigo web services technology.
The CTP release among developers is intended as a pre-launch 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.
Microsoft said 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.
WS-* specifications are 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 solutions would be supported by and integrated with Indigo.