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 Sun’s Project 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 ’05, Mar ’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!