The latest round of research is out from Gartner, and they have positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant of all three Application Infrastructure Magic Quadrants. The Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for SOA Composite Application Projects , Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Systematic SOA Application Projects,  and the Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects.

In my humble opinion, placement in the Leaders Quadrant validates Microsoft as a leading provider of platform technology for service orientation and integration. We believe that these reports highlight the depth of our offering in these spaces and recognize our potential for future innovation.

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On the legalese:
The Gartner Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2008 by Gartner, Inc., and is reused with permission.  The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period.  It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner.  Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant.  The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action.  Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
The Magic Quadrant graphic was published by Gartner, Inc., as part of a larger research note and should be evaluated in the context of the entire report.  The Gartner report is available upon request from Microsoft Corporation.