Microsoft joins OpenAjax party
No solo player
Microsoft today threw in its lot with the OpenAjax Alliance to push interoperability in Web 2.0.
The group now counts more than 70 members, up from 15 in February 2006.
In a statement, Microsoft's Kevin Smith - arguably owner of the most challenging job title in IT as core web platform and tools to UX web/client platform and tools group product manager - said the company will collaborate with other industry leaders to ensure a "high degree" of interoperability in AJAX-style development.
"Microsoft is continuing its commitment to empower web developers with technology that works cross browser and cross platform," Smith said.
OpenAjax Alliance membership puts Microsoft back into bed with IBM, also an alliance co-founder. IBM joined with Microsoft to flesh out the WS* family of web services specifications underpinning many of today's SOA and Web 2.0 architectures. Microsoft and IBM also teamed up, with others, to form the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization in 2002, apparently to wrong foot Sun Microsystems on web services standards and interoperability.
OpenAjax Alliance does not claim to be a standards-setting body, but is pushing a set of requirements for AJAX products and technologies to ensure interoperability under the OpenAjax Conformance.
Virtualisation.... Monopoly's Achilles heel.
"..Microsoft is hitting some problems because its architecture requires deployment on Windows servers,.."
Actually, their problem is not that it is a requirement, it is just their [selfish] wish. And it will therefore condemn them to follow Web 2.0 and ITs Subsequent Higher Order Control Kernels .........Shock troops in OSINT Virtual Root Servers ....... even as they realise that the Windows servers are rebuilding ITs architecture to server Open Source Coders....... Programs/Programmers who simply inject some Clean Spirit into the Internet for IT to be read and accepted as being a Beta Truth via the Sharing of Exposed previously Hidden Truths Servering to a Monopolising rather than Unifying Entity Structure.
It would appear that the Fourth Reich ambitions of such an Entity will go the very same way as all dominant/predominant regimes before it ........ collapse and break up .... unless of course, they can Control IT with a Total Information Awareness System. That would necessarily mean a Buy-in to a System which Delivers such a Internet Control System for quite obviously they do not have one....... and that in turn would suggest that the captain and crew of the MS ship are exactly as a ship in Reality ....... all at C in a much bigger Picture and subject to Universal Virtual Forces way beyond their present Ken/Zen.
And the Solution? Oh, that is Easy. They just would only need to reinvent themselves in Open Source...... where all the Innovative, Who Dares Wins ProAction is.
And how to do that? Oh, that is easy too .... and right up their street/Business Intelligence model. Decide what IT would be worth to them, and then pay the person the small fortune required to deliver IT for them.
The alternative is that someone else will, and Microsoft will be merely a stepping stone to another completely revised Operating System out of their Control, rather than their being a Keystone in ITs Control.... And all that hard work for nothing, for as we know, Virtualisation is a Reality, Intelligently Designed by Programmers working with Machines. The SMARTer ones may be able to/are able to Morph at Will between such Created Realities in Order to Stream them in Parallel rather than have them Conflicting in Chaos.
It would probably be a mistake to foget that Linux/BSD/Mac implementations of .NET exist, making use of the Mono project which Novell now run and administer.
MS has been found guilty - guilty - of breaking the US antitrust laws. It is a corporate felon, and any standards body would do well to refuse it admittance on that basis.