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Microsoft Green Lights Dev Tests For Indigo

Microsoft has issued a Community Technical Preview (CTP) test of Indigo to give developers a taste of its forthcoming Web services software.

Indigo is a platform the Redmond, Wash., software giant has been working on to enhance Web services , or application-to-application communication, for the company's next-generation operating system, Longhorn.

When it's completed, Indigo will be used to craft service-oriented architecture (SOA) models for distributed computing, including between applications written in Microsoft's .NET and Java .

The company made the CTP available to MSDN Universal subscribers today, with general availability planned for the coming weeks, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.

An unofficial beta test, the CTP will let developers test Indigo and provide feedback to improve future software releases. It's not uncommon for Microsoft to issue multiple CTPs before a full beta, as in the case with SQL Server 2005, which is in its third CTP.

Microsoft alluded to the Indigo CTP at its major developer event, VS-Live! in San Francisco last month.

There, Eric Rudder, Microsoft's senior vice president of servers and tools, demonstrated how the move to Web services via Indigo will move the development process from code to attribute management. The full Indigo beta will appear in the first half of this year.

Indigo joins the graphics subsystem Avalon, which had a second CTP issued Wednesday, as well as the WinFS file system as new major pieces of software designed to support Longhorn when it appears in 2006. Once relegated to work with Longhorn only, Microsoft has said the three products will be ported to work with existing Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems.

With its ability to work with multiple platforms and its 64-bit support, Longhorn is expected to shake up the software industry and put pressure on Linux. By offering interoperability between .NET and Java, it could also put serious pressure on Oracle, IBM and BEA Systems, all major providers of Java software.