Singapore became the world's first country to embark on a nationwide Web services initiative, with Microsoft and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) signing a memorandum of intent to develop .net MySingapore.
Essentially a community-based Web services project, .net MySingapore will allow Singaporeans to share information and manage their time better by facilitating daily tasks such as booking a taxi or setting up a meeting with friends, via the Internet.
It will also allow other functionality such as MyCalendar, which will allow the synchronisation of personal calendars with that of friends and organisations, and MyNotification, which will allow notifications to be sent via telephone, SMS or e-mail.
Leong Keng Thai, acting chief executive officer, IDA and Michael Rawding, president (Asia/Pacific and Japan) at Microsoft, signed the deal.
The two-year collaboration will begin with the establishment of a steering group, and proceed with studies to understand the needs of various user groups. The pilot for .net MySingapore is scheduled for August, and expected to involve 10,000 users.