Last Thursday, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced that it would join the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) as a contributing member. WS-I was founded on February 6, 2002 by Accenture, BEA, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and others as an open industry effort chartered to promote and lock in Web Services interoperability across platforms, applications and programming languages.
Originally Sun declined to join WS-I because they did not feel that they would be playing on equal ground if they were not a member of the board. The WS-I membership recently approved a change to its bylaws that will expand the WS-I board by two seats. Sun intends to run for election for this expanded board in March 2003. People believe they will win a seat.
"We are pleased that Sun Microsystems has joined WS-I," said Tom Glover, chairman of the Web Services Interoperability Organization. "The active participation and contributions of industry leaders like Sun are critical to our efforts to promote universal Web service interoperability."
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