Microsoft Shares Connectors "Microsoft (Quote, Chart) released the source code of three software toolkits designed to tie its collaboration software with applications built by the competition, officials announced Monday.
The company has been relatively quiet about its SharePoint product line since it launched SharePoint Services for Windows Server 2003 last October. The technology allows business users to share data files across the network for business projects or other collaborative efforts.
Now companies using OASIS' WSRP (Web Services for Remote Portlets) standard can begin to tie in non-Microsoft applications to SharePoint Server 2003 and SharePoint Services sites and vice versa. Passed last September, WSRP is an XML-based technology that allows for the development of portlets from one vendor on another's platform.
In March, Microsoft and other OASIS members showcased WSRP's abilities, demonstrating portlets made by one member on another platform. Officials said the adoption of the Web services technology by application vendors will free enterprise developers from manually coding integration between different software platforms.
To date, however, only about 10 organizations have come out and publicly announced applications that support WSRP 1.0; Microsoft is one of four companies that has been conducting interoperability testing of its WSRP implementations."
Subtle but very significant