In their latest stint of one step forwards two steps back tango exercise, Microsoft have announced a new packet of web services named, get this, "Trustbridge", which is billed as a living proof of their newfound commitment to openness and interoperability. Well, we'll see:
Microsoft Corp. will release new technologies next year designed to allow companies to easily share information about customers, employees and other common users of applications and networks, the company said on Thursday. The announcement is the latest from the Redmond, Washington-based software giant in its push into the nascent Web services market and marked a more cooperative approach to a rival effort led by Sun Microsystems Inc.
The new Microsoft technologies, code-named "TrustBridge," will appear in products next year, but which products will use it has yet to be determined, said Steven VanRoekel, director of Web Services technical marketing for Microsoft. "We have people working on it in the Windows group," he added. TrustBridge will "give you single sign-on access to multiple companies' information," said VanRoekel. "So basically two companies can trust each other and one company can give access to resources to users in another company in a very simple way."