Microsoft leads Web services, Summit says

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Boston--Summit Strategies Inc. said Monday that Microsoft Corp. is leading the creation of Web-based b-to-b services. The Boston-based research firm said Microsoft’s .Net products are making it easier for corporate sales, marketing and information technology executives to develop and implement Web applications.

An upcoming release of the application-development Visual Studio .Net software should extend Microsoft’s leadership position, said Summit VP-Web Services Software Practice Director Dwight Davis. “Microsoft is addressing [the] need [for Web services application-development software] under its .Net initiative, and is in the lead nearing the release of its Web services-centric tool set,” Davis said.

Major purveyors of Java, including IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., are also “rushing to market with tools and platforms that support creation and deployment of Web services,” he said.

The new report, titled “Microsoft Leads Industry Charge to Drive Web Services Creation,” also profiles the efforts of IBM, Sun, Oracle Corp. and others in the Web services application-development software race.

--John Evan Frook

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