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Web Developer Briefs: Microsoft, Melbourne IT, Yahoo!

Web Developer Briefs: Microsoft, Melbourne IT, Yahoo!

Microsoft updates SOAP

Microsoft has announced a new version of its SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) toolkit and said the forthcoming version of Windows will natively support SOAP.

Version 2.0 of the toolkit supports the latest iteration of SOAP Version 1.1 and, more importantly, the emerging standard for describing Web services, WSDL (Web Services Description Language).

Developers using Visual Studio 6.0 tools in conjunction with the toolkit have a means to describe Web services as well as the transport mechanism for delivering services to devices that support SOAP and XML. Programmers can also add such functionality to existing COM (Component Object Model) applications or components, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft also stated that the next-generation Windows operating system, Windows XP, will natively support SOAP, thereby making it easier for developers to build Web services and for users to access them.

Alls well in Melbourne

Melbourne IT has reported its cash statement for the quarter ending March 31, 2001, with a positive net operating cashflow of $377,000.

The company saw 238,000 new TLD (top level domain) registrations in the period, up 32 per cent on the previous quarter. It also saw a 6 per cent rise in .com.au registrations (28,650 registrations over the quarter).

CEO Adrian Kloeden said the company's domain name sales will increasingly focus on using premium Internet companies, such as Yahoo! Domains, as resellers. "Securing relationships with companies that can deliver high volume to the business remains a priority for our sales and business development team," he said.

New chief Yahoo!

Yahoo's board of directors has named a former Warner Brothers executive as the company's new chairman and chief executive officer (CEO).

As of May, Terry Semel will take the reins of the company, which has been sailing in turbulent waters during the current US economic downturn. Tim Koogle, Yahoo's former chairman and CEO who stepped down on March 8, will be named vice chairman of the company until August, and will then remain on the company's board of directors. Koogle said he is taking a low profile after August because he "wants to make sure there's no question about who is running this company".

Semel spent 24 years at Warner Brothers, where he served as chairman and co-chief executive officer. There he was credited with building the company's revenue from $US1 billion to $11 billion, with multiple business units in 50 countries.


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