From the Wires
The i-Technology World Goes Interop: Sun-Microsoft / JBoss-Microsoft
The Developer Community, Though, Exhibits Its Customary Skepticism
By: PR Newswire
Sep. 28, 2005 03:00 AM
In the very same week that Sun has just shipped its MS-Compatible StarOffice 8, another chapter in the interoperability book was opened when JBoss and Microsoft announced plans yesterday to explore enhanced interoperability between their respective JBoss Enterprise Middleware System (JEMS) and Microsoft's Windows Server products.
While the two companies will continue to compete for software developers with their respective Java and Microsoft .NET offerings, the companies said in a statement that they are "exploring opportunities to improve interoperability and ensure an optimized experience for customers using JBoss on the Windows Server platform."
"What is the appropriate response when you are offered a hand that started out with a knife in it?" asked one poster to the online discussion forum Slashdot; "The appropriate response is to look for the knife in the other hand," came the immediate response from another. "I am trying hard to think of a company MS partnered with but didn't stab in the back. I can't think of one," wrote a third.
The two companies, meantime, were striking a very upbeat note. Shaun Connolly, vice president of product management at JBoss, said:
"Our alliance with Microsoft underscores JBoss' long-standing focus on fulfilling customer demand. With nearly half our customer base deploying JEMS on Windows Server, either solely or in conjunction with other platforms, it makes sense for us to provide the best experience possible for our mutual customers."While Bill Hilf, director of platform technology strategy at Microsoft (pictured), said:
"JBoss is experiencing tremendous growth and is a driving force of consolidation of the Java space. So it makes sense to work with them on interoperability and optimizing for the Windows Server platform."The technology engagement between the two companies is expected to include technical assistance and architectural guidance on the following features:
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