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.
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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.