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December 16, 2002—In this issue:
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- Microsoft Prepares for a Busy 2003
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After facing down the financially troubled year 2002 in fine form, Microsoft is looking ahead to 2003, a year in which the company will unleash an unprecedented collection of desktop and server software and services. In 2003, Microsoft will enter what it calls the Microsoft .NET release phase, which follows the Windows XP release cycle and precedes the Yukon (the next version of SQL Server technology) phase. During the .NET phase, the company will release Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003 and a host of other products that are based on its long-awaited .NET technologies.
Notable software releases in 2003 will include Visual Studio .NET 2003 (code-named Everett); Office 11, the next generation of Microsoft Office; Exchange 2003 Server (code-named Titanium); Jupiter, the consolidated e-business server; SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition (64-bit); various XML-based Web services about which the company isn't giving details at this time; SharePoint Team Services 2.0, which will ship at the same time as Office 11; XDocs, an integrated Office 11 component for interacting with server-side data by using XML; MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprisesenterprises, an Iinstant Mmessaging (IM) solution for businesses; Greenwich, the Windows Messengeraging or Real-time Communications (RTC) server product; an update to the Microsoft .NET Speech platform, including a new software development kit (SDK) and mobile extensions; and a new release of Windows Automotive, the company's telematics software platform.
In addition to the products Microsoft is now publicly discussing, in 2003 the company will launch a Digital Rights Management (DRM) server; Small Business Server (SBS) 2003; a crucial Win.NET Server add-in called the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC); and other tools, applications, servers, and services. Microsoft will also upgrade XP to Service Pack 2 (SP2) as the company continues its long march toward Longhorn, the next major Windows revision. And throughout 2003, expect Yukon beta releases, which will usher the company into its next software-release phase.
Today Microsoft delivered an update to its Visual Studio .NET software- development tool that lets programmers more easily build advanced, secure Web services. Web Services Enhancements 1.0 for Microsoft .NET (WSE) integrates with Visual Studio .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework, and supports technologies such as Web Services Security (WS-Security), Web Services Routing Protocol (WS-Routing), and WS-Attachments.
Hosting companies such as F5 Networks, WestGlobal, and WRQ are already using WSE to help customers build and deploy Web services, Microsoft says. "We are working with Microsoft's WSE and Visual Studio .NET to help customers radically shorten their time to market," said Jim Ritchings, vice president of bBusiness dDevelopment at F5 Networks, a provider of Application Traffic Management solutions. "As a result of WSE, F5 Networks can provide unprecedented network automation and optimization for rapid and secure deployment of XML Web services and applications."
Microsoft says it will update WSE over time to support emerging Web services capabilities. WSE is available now from Microsoft as a free download.
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