In recent years, Microsoft has worked with other computing industry leaders to
create and standardize XML Web services, a set of specifications for a model
of distributed computing. The Web services standards - which include the
Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), eXtensible Markup Language (XML), Web
Services Description Language (WSDL), and Universal Description Discovery and
Integration (UDDI) - provide a high level of interoperability across
platforms, programming languages, and applications that enables enterprises to
solve discovery and integration problems simply and efficiently. This set of
specifications, together with the Microsoft .NET tools and technologies,
fundamentally changes the way in which enterprise applications and services
are constructed, deployed, and integrated.
Microsoft Connected Services Framework is a logical extension (conforming
to SOA rules) that enables enterprises to aggregate Web services by providing
a collaboration context. The Connected Services Framework makes rapid service
development, aggregation and collaboration a reality.