Software Briefs: Microsoft, BITS,

Software Briefs: Microsoft, BITS,

.Net, Java get equal timeThe battle for Web services supremacy between the Java and Microsoft .Net camps is far from over. According to an Evans Data survey of 600 developers in North America, the community is virtually split on development plans for Java and .Net. The survey found that 40 per cent are developing applications for .Net now but 63 per cent will target .Net in a year, while 51 per cent develop for Java today and 61 per cent plan to do so next year. Web services adoption, meanwhile, will jump from 57 per cent now to 87 per cent in 2003.

BITS an R&D success

With an annual report for 2001-02 due to be released within weeks, Senator Rod Kemp, Acting Communications Minister, said approximately 2,400 applications have been submitted to the BITS (Building on IT Strengths) Incubator program, a Federal Government scheme aiming to provide an environment for aspiring entrepreneurs to turn technology ideas into successful, globally competitive businesses. Of these, 157 early-stage ICT companies received support and 25 emerged from the program as full-fledged businesses from the program, which has attracted around $38 million in private capital. The 10 incubator centres across Australia provide seed capital as well as expert financial, management, legal and technical advice.

MS pitches Passport code

Microsoft will share a portion of the source code for its Passport authentication technology, hoping to spur adoption of its single sign-on software among corporate developers. Beginning in November, Microsoft will share code to enable organisations and software makers to add support for Passport into their own single sign-on authentication systems. The code will be free to companies, academics, developers and governments under Microsoft's Shared Source License, which allows developers to view the code for developing, debugging and supporting both commercial and non-commercial products.

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