Sun and Microsoft to reveal interop progress

Microsoft and Sun Microsystems will deliver a joint update next Wednesday on their collaboration under a technology-sharing deal...

Microsoft and Sun Microsystems will deliver a joint update next Wednesday on their collaboration under a technology-sharing deal struck last April to boost interoperability between the two companies' products.

A Microsoft representative said the discussion would not feature announcements of any critical milestones but would indicate how the work was going. "We're just going to talk about the work that's going on and how well it's going and some of the areas that have been touched upon, so you shouldn't expect anything big coming out of it."

One issue expected to crop up is identity management, according to the spokesman, although he would not provide any details of progress in this area. The companies have been in different camps on identity management, with Microsoft promoting its .net passport initiative and Sun endorsing the Liberty Alliance.

As part of the April agreement, Sun and Microsoft agreed to bridge Microsoft's Active Directory software and Sun's Java System Identity Server and improve technical collaboration between Java and .net for internet-based computing.

The two companies have also participated in web services technology development. Sun, for example, has endorsed the Microsoft-developed WS-Eventing specification for subscribing to web services-based events.

The agreement also settled outstanding legal issues, with Microsoft paying Sun $1.6bn (£848m) plus $350m in royalties. Sun agreed to pay royalties for Microsoft technologies it uses.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld

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