Microsoft has released the first iteration of COM+, an update to its Component Object Model (COM).
The COM+ technology was included on the Windows NT 5.0 Beta 2 CD, which was distributed to about 180 attendees at the NT 5.0 Technical Workshop here recently. Beta 2 was also released to testers.
The COM+ preview represents "all the code, in its current state", according to Joe Maloney, group marketing manager for COM and Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) technologies at Microsoft.
The preview is comprised of events, queued components, and end-memory database, Maloney said. Although COM+ was included with NT 5.0 Beta 2, and NT 5.0 - which Microsoft hopes to ship in 1999 - makes sense as the delivery vehicle, Maloney said that final distribution plans and a timetable for COM+'s release have not been determined.
The teaming of COM+ and the MTS middleware is key to Microsoft's Windows Distributed InterNet Applications (DNA) architecture, designed to let developers integ- rate Internet and client/server models into multitier enterprise applications.