Chapter 3. Microsoft’s Web Services


A battle is only great or small according to its results.

 --Mark Twain

Microsoft’s Web services initiative, as embodied within its .NET program, is incisive, pervasive, and aggressive. This is to be expected. It is also remarkably realistic and pragmatic, which may come as a surprise to some, but let’s face it—Microsoft, as the idiom goes, “put skin in the game.” Actually, Microsoft, the world’s most successful software company has a lot of skin in this game. Microsoft, one of the founding fathers of Web services, along with IBM, knows exactly what is at stake here. Ironically, this very alliance with IBM accentuates to Microsoft’s senior management on a daily basis the dangers of what can happen if you do ...

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