An important enabler of the Microsoft Software + Services (S+S) strategy are Office Business Applications (OBA). They are made possible by key platform capabilities, called OBA Services, in the 2007 Microsoft Office system. These consist of: workflow, search, the Business Data Catalog, a new, extensible user interface, Microsoft Office Open XML Formats, and the Web Site and Security Framework. Read about OBA at: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/FX102204261033.aspx 

The International Standards Organization announced today that "ISO/IEC DIS 29500 has received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC International Standard.

Approval required at least 2/3 (i.e. 66.66 %) of the votes cast by national bodies participating in the joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, to be positive; and no more than 1/4 (i.e. 25 %) of the total number of ISO/IEC national body votes cast to be negative. These criteria have now been met with 75 % of the JTC 1 participating member votes cast positive and 14 % of the total of national member body votes cast negative."

You can read the press release at: http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1123  By the June timeframe, the service provider community should be able to continue move forward with their plans for Service Delivery Frameworks and Services Marketplaces confident in the knowledge this important standards issue has been resolved.