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Mar 2011

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Integrating Applications and Services: Microsoft Web Services

The advancement of technologies and the changing ways in which people connect and interact through those technologies have also revolutionized the development of software solutions to keep up with the changes. Our fast-paced lifestyle especially when it comes to the Internet has driven software developers to strive f to create technologies that interact with other applications from other sources. An example of such a technology includes Microsoft Web services.

What is Microsoft Web services? It is a software technology developed by Microsoft that integrates the communication among different applications from different sources. The integration of applications is made possible because the web services technology uses standardized encodings and protocols to communicate information. It enables network systems from within a local network as well as over the Internet to communicate even if they are using different platforms. Just like any other web services, using it does not breach the firewall of any application. So, security within the applications is still maintained.

But, what makes Microsoft Web services different from other web services available in the market? It is the foundation in which Microsoft builds its developer platform that is secure and reliable. It is more accessible and easier to use with other Microsoft products but still allows a successful management of different software and hardware systems. The technology also supports detection of, and communication to devices like printers that are Web services-ready. Another good thing about it is that it can also support clients and other vendors to build their customized solutions around it.

The rapid change in which we do business transactions in today’s virtual world has made it necessary for us to use integration technologies such as the Microsoft Web services. Integrating applications and services in our computers system and across the Internet has made it necessary for us to use Web services. Most of us, particularly in the business world, use different applications and services from across different platforms. But, we want all these applications to function with each other to prevent us from switching from one service or application to another. In short, we want to streamline our activities to keep up with our fast-paced lives proving our need for Web services technologies.

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