Microsoft joins JCP
On the second
anniversary of Microsoft and Sun
entering into a broad technology collaboration, Microsoft exceeded expectations
on this relationship when they decided to join the Java
Community Process (JCP). JCP is an open and participative process to develop
and revise the Java technology specifications, reference implementations and
test suites. The exact details of their participation are still being worked out
but they've already signed the Java
Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) and are now a member of the JCP.
Microsoft and Sun engineers have been working very closely in the recent
months to ensure interoperability of enterprise features. This will ensure that
Tango, that will be released on java.net and
installable on Glassfish, will
interoperate with Microsoft's Windows
Communication Foundation (aka Indigo) out-of-the-box. After achieving great
interoperability results between the two companies in the recent plugfest (Nov
'06) meets conducted at Microsoft campus, Microsoft expressed interest in
participating in the JSRs relevant to their enterprise feature.
This is an extremely pleasant surprise to the entire developer community
since Microsoft's participation in the JCP will ensure that Microsoft can
interoperate, not only with Sun, with the entire Java platform.
Interoperability between Microsoft and Sun products, as mentioned above, is a
reality but every thing else said above is only wishful thinking since this blog
is written to celebrate a special
day of the year.
Happy April Fool's Day!