Last week, Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Strategic and Emerging Business Development, and Steven Martin, Microsoft Senior Director of Developer Platform Product Management, took the stage at JavaOne to give the first ever Microsoft keynote at this event.  It was an historic event.  Two giant software companies coming together to interoperate and create synergy so everyone can benefit.  That's goodness!

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Sun Microsystems and Microsoft are delivering interoperable application platforms that span on-premise and cloud computing, and enable the companies’ mutual customers to leverage their existing IT skills/investments in Microsoft and Sun technologies.  During the keynote, Dan’l and Steven were joined by Sun Vice President Aisling MacRunnels, who announced that Sun will participate in the Apache “Stonehenge” project, which was created by Microsoft, WS02, Red Hat and Progress Software last fall.  This project gives customers better examples and more guidance on how to ensure the interoperability of applications across multiple vendor platforms.

Sun also announced its commitment to contribute the Metro-based StockTrader application code to the Stonehenge project. In addition to helping Stonehenge deliver even more value to customers by providing best practice guidelines and reference implementations across an even broader range of scenarios and platforms (Java, .NET, PHP, etc.), this also represents another step forward in Microsoft’s ongoing work with Sun.

Microsoft’s participation in the Apache “Stonehenge” project has been led by Kamaljit Bath from the Microsoft Interoperability Strategy Group and Kent Brown from the Microsoft Developer Platform & Tools Group. Technical information on the project can be found at www.interoperabilitybridges.com.

Jean-Christophe Cimetiere

Senior Technical Evangelist