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Yawn, Vista Starts Moving Out
Ignore for the moment that Microsoft IPO'd 20 years ago this past March. On Thursday, the day that Vista finally went to volume-license business accounts, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer turned up at the Nasdaq to ring the opening bell to celebrate Microsoft's 20 years as a public company and brought along friends from AMD, Dell, HP, Intel and Lenovo for a press conference to help boost the partial availability of Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007.

The consensus seems to be that corporate users won't hurry to deploy the stuff and that it will take 12-18 months before the rollouts start. They need to test it and probably get new hardware. Microsoft contends that analysts are vastly underestimating how many copies of Vista will deploy. It says 200 million people will be running Vista, the unfinished Long Horn server or the new Office by the end of next year and to see that happen it will spend more than a half-billion dollars on promotion, trying to convince people there's a compelling need to upgrade when the next great paradigm appears to be webtop applications. IDC says Vista will capture 100 million PCs its first year. Gartner Dataquest says it'll be 2010 before Vista overtakes XP.

The retail and OEM versions, which are supposed to sell faster than corporate, will be out January 30. Partners are expected to see $250 billion in revenue from the Vista generation in the next 12 months.

Hitachi Elbows into the Virtualization Game
EMC may want to ask Santa for a Hitachi doll that it can stick pins in because Hitachi, already a burr under EMC's storage saddle, is going to be agitating to steal business from EMC's VMware unit.

Hitachi claims to have a mainframe-derived firmware approach to virtualization that's better than VMware or Xen or Microsoft. And it's built the stuff into a new species of its blade servers called BladeSymphony with Virtage, Virtage being the so-called "breakthrough" embedded widgetry that bakes virtualization into the hardware as an alternative to third-party virtualization software.

Being firmware, Hitachi says, Virtage can decrease overhead costs while increasing manageability and performance. The box runs both Windows and Linux.

IDC group VP Vernon Turner, the head of the researcher's Enterprise Computing practice, says BladeSymphony with Virtage is a "leap ahead in the virtualization game" and will fuel the proliferation of blades.

The machine has been out in Japan since August. Hitachi America Ltd, the company's year-old server unit, will start offering the Itanium version of the box here in January. The company is wholly unclear when it will have an advertised Xeon unit and be able to mix and match Xeon and Itanium blades in the same chassis.

Hitachi is an Intel groupie, mutters something about schedules being under NDA, and doesn't have an AMD version of Virtage. As an Intel account, Virtage exploits Intel's VT extensions in Itanium and Woodcrest. Applications never have to be changed to be virtualized, it said, like they sometimes have to be with VMware.

Anyway, you know how boys brag, but Hitachi claims the BladeSymphony server is the industry's first real enterprise-class mission-critical blade server and Hitachi chief systems architect Paul Figliozzi says the box deserves that distinction because of its multi-blade SMP interconnect architecture, hot-swap capabilities, high performance, 16 PCI slots and native virtualization.

Hitachi positions it as the place to consolidate all three data center tiers - the edge, the application and the database - into a single chassis and hence lower TCO. Hitachi marketing VP Steve Campbell says that for rival IBM to do that would take a combination of both Intel servers and p Series iron for the back-end, a less elegant solution that takes up more real estate.

BladeSymphony's SMP architecture lets up to four blades be lashed together into a single system. Since the 10U chassis holds eight blades altogether that's two 16-way SMP systems to a chassis. Each Itanium blade holds two dual-core processors for a total of 32 cores per chassis, reducing footprint and power consumption.

Hitachi has been peddling the BladeSymphony line for the last two years and owns 20% of Japanese blade market.

AMD Fields Ersatz Quad, Demos Real One
Intel has an Extreme quad so AMD, which isn't supposedly to have a quad for months, felt compelled to do something, so Thursday it wheeled out a bastard quad that breaks AMD's rules about sticking all the cores on a single sliver of silicon.

Meanwhile, AMD demo'd its real quad at its annual Industry Analyst Forum on Thursday. It showed a server fitted with four of the so-called 65nm SOI Barcelona chips and swore it was using all 16 cores. The box, running 64-bit Windows Server 2003, was an upgraded dual-core Opteron unit whose BIOS had been refreshed.

While Barcelona embeds its cores on a single die, the hybrid widget straps together two dual-core Athlon 64 FX-70s through a high-speed interconnect on a dual-socket motherboard and if you can get a hold of Vista Ultimate, which isn't due to hit the retail market until January 30, you can get that second dual-core to murmur "Hello, World." Otherwise, you're just tapping one of the dual-cores. AMD is promising a snap-in upgrade to its real quad, when it gets here, giving users eight processing cores.

The makeshift part, which comes in three price points, is called the Quad FX Platform, a k a the 4x4, and is available in limited quantities. AMD is targeting the thing at what it calls "megatasking enthusiasts" who run the latest-generation multi-threaded applications - for which read video games and digital video editing software.

AMD says Quad FX can support 7TB of storage, enough for 450 high-definition movies, four high-performance graphics cards and four to eight monitors running simultaneously.

Reviewers say the Quad FX catches up with Intel's quad on a number of benchmarks though Intel still has the lead.

AMD is charging $599, $799 and $999 for the new pairs.

AMD said the chips are available from NewEgg with worldwide availability early next year. It expects systems "soon" from Vigor, Cyber Power and IBUYPOWER, not exactly your basic brand names.

Dell Get Warrants To Buy Roughly 5% of Altiris
Dell has picked up warrants to buy roughly 4.9% of Utah-based Altiris. It's agreed to pay $23.13 a share, a total of roughly $33.8 million, for up to 1.459 million shares as part of an expanded five-year agreement that calls for Dell to co-develop and sell customized versions of Altiris' systems management software.

Dell will also pay Altiris royalties, though there are no minimum sales bogeys, according to a SEC filing Altiris made, but the warrants vest as Dell hits sales milestones. Some of the stuff will be Dell-branded and the deal includes a limited IP cross-license.

If any of three unidentified companies acquires more than 50% of Altiris, Altiris has to pay Dell $10 million, give it the source code for the co-developed products, and absolve Dell from paying royalties for 18 months.

In mid-November Jefferies & Company analyst Katherine Egbert anticipated an expanded agreement between the pair and speculated that all of Dell's servers could ship with an Altiris client. She said, "We estimate that a similar agreement with HP will result in nearly $150 million of revenue over its six-year life."

She also speculated that Altiris could be a takeover candidate.

Then on Tuesday Dell unveiled a so-called Unified Manageability Architecture (UMA), saying it provides a blueprint for standardizing and modularizing infrastructure management and a new console architecture developed with Altiris.

It said it was going to work with Altiris on its next-generation OpenManage tools to create a single console that delivers increased hardware and software management. It intends "pay as you grow" upgrades, promising to add functionality rather than infrastructure and eliminate the "forklift" users have been forced to resort to just to upgrade their software management.

The functionality it foresees adding, probably in 2H07, will touch on operations, security and storage management.

Meanwhile, Dell's going to simplify the thing and replace three utilities for inventory, monitoring and BIOS configuration with a snap-in upgrade that provides software delivery, imaging, PC migration and software inventory.

The UMA, Dell said, is supposed to deliver a layered framework that enables a path to "built-in" management for hardware and software using standard instrumentation like CIM and SMI-S and access protocols like WS-Man. Dell described the result as a "cross-vendor approach" that can yield more robust systems modeling, high availability and standards-based building blocks for business process management.

Dell is going to use the architecture in its Remote Access Controller and Baseboard Management Controller for PowerEdge servers, noting that Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, VMware, Intel and AMD had already adopted many of these standards.

Dell said customers would be able to use various application consoles including Altiris' service-oriented architecture, CA's Unicenter, Microsoft's System Management Server 2003 R2, Oracle's Enterprise Manager, LANDesk solutions and Novell's Zenworks via a new partner program it's starting.

Microsoft Clears EC Deadline by a Hair
Microsoft made its Thanksgiving Day deadline to fill in the holes that the European Commission says still exist in its protocol documentation, holes that could cost Microsoft a whole new round of bruising $3.9 million-a-day fines on top of the $357 million fine for non-compliance that it had to pay in July.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, the Justice Department doesn't seem to have any of the same concerns about Vista that the EC has. At least not according to a recent US antitrust status report.

That is not to say that Microsoft doesn't have some less pressing protocol documentation rewrite issues in the states too. It does and the government is worried about it staying focused long enough to finish on schedule.

The European documentation now goes to potential licensees like IBM, Sun, Novell and Oracle, Microsoft enemies all, for their feedback as well testing by the monitoring trustee, who has yet to be impressed by any of Microsoft's work.

The EC says it will take months to decide if Microsoft has met its obligations under the EC's 2004 antitrust order. (Anybody wanna bet it doesn't fine Microsoft again?)

Microsoft said it reviewed and edited the 8,500 pages of documentation that it turned over in July. It sent a message around to the press calling the Thanksgiving Day submission "an important milestone."

Not To Decide is To Decide: Corel
Corel says WordPerfect Office will be updated to support both the OASIS Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft's Open XML (OOXML), claiming the move will put it in a "unique format-neutral position, independent of Microsoft, Adobe and other vendors' efforts to propagate their respective standards" and leave the decision up to the user.

It says it's far from clear which formats will be adopted or whether it's going to be a multi-format world, but with the coming of Vista, it anticipates widespread use of OOXML. ODF, it says, appeals to government accounts.

By mid 2007, its software is supposed to have open, view and edit support for OOXML and ODF as a first step. It already does that for PDF.

Corel is a member of OASIS and the ODF Alliance and one of its developers was among the original authors of the OASIS Open Document Format specification.

California May Sue HP for Spying
CNET, whose reporters were a target of HP's cockamamie spy fiasco, says it heard that California attorney general Bill Lockyer is close to deciding whether to file a civil suit against the company.

The AG's office is apparently trying to assess damages and it's still unclear exactly what HP would be sued for.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed in September on behalf of all HP stockholders because of the mess was amended Wednesday to include insider-trading charges. It alleges that HP CEO Mark Hurd and seven other executives unjustly enriched themselves by selling $41.3 million worth of HP stock and cashing in options in the two weeks before the scandal became public fodder in early September.

The suit says it was the apex of insider trading in the last five years.

Of course, HP's stock price wasn't buffeted much by the brouhaha.

The original suit charges breach of fiduciary duties and waste of corporate assets, claiming the company initiated a $6 billion stock buy-back in August to put a floor under the stock.

AMD Gets DOJ Antitrust Subpoena
At press time AMD said it had gotten a subpoena from the Justice Department in connection with a DOJ investigation into potential antitrust violations related to graphics processors and cards. AMD got the subpoena complements of ATI, which it acquired on October 25. AMD says the DOJ hasn't made any specific allegations against ATI or AMD. It intends to cooperate.

HP Fields Blade Workstation
HP has introduced what it calls the industry's first blade workstation.

Based on its BladeSystem infrastructure, the ProLiant Blade Workstation Solution is supposed to give users workstation compute power from anywhere using thin clients or Windows-based workstations, PCs or notebooks.

HP fancies it being ideal for financial trading, the public sector and manufacturing. It says Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets in London customized its 255-position trading floor with 280 of the xw25p Blade Workstations and uses them for foreign exchange, derivatives and global commodities trading as well as interest rate trading.

Features include HP Remote Graphics software, real-time streaming video, 3D graphics and multiple display support.

The hub uses Opterons and runs on XP Pro, the client, which is based on HP Business Desktop dc7600 SFF, uses 2.8MHz Celeron D and is run by an custom unmodifiable Linux kernel.

Novell's Next Trick after Microsoft
Novell Tuesday put out four products from what it called its desktop-to-data center management initiative, describing them as the "next steps in its plan to deliver interoperable cross-platform management solutions" after its Microsoft deal.

It said the new Zenworks software automates management across Linux, Unix and Windows server and client platforms for both physical and virtual environments. The ITIL-based widgetry schedules heterogeneous virtual machine deployments, including Xen, VMware and Microsoft virtualization, and automates the load balancing of these machines.

And to increase the strategic use of available resources, these new solutions use policy-based orchestration to schedule jobs, reserve resources in advance, dynamically re-prioritize resources to meet service demands, and learn to proactively provision or de-provision resources.

The new products include:
· Zenworks Orchestrator, which Novell called the "brain" that allows policy-based automation and takes a heuristic approach to learn from previous events and resource demands;

· Zenworks Virtual Machine Management, which deploys and manages virtual machines and dynamically provisioning workloads in heterogeneous environments including Open Enterprise Server;

· Zenworks HPC Management, which provides grid-based management of Java applications and distributes workloads for parallel execution. This includes automated high-performance multicast data distribution, which can move and copy large volumes of data to remote resources for processing;

· and Zenworks 7.5 Asset Management, which Novell claims is the only product on the market that runs readiness reports for both Windows Vista and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 and gives customers a clear picture of their asset environment.

Novell Finds It Doesn't Have the Hips for the Hula
Novell has pulled its people out of the Hula project that it set up a year ago February as a GPL-governed open source mail, calendaring and mail search alternative to Microsoft Exchange. Gee, and it's only weeks since Novell cut that precedent-shattering alliance with Microsoft.

Hula was someplace for Novell to dump its old NetMail product.

Anyway, Novell says it "spent some time looking at where the project is and the opportunities in the market and in the end conclude that we couldn't justify investing at the same level going forward." Unfortunately, nearly everybody Novell talked to already had a mail server.

It would like someone from the community to take over. Hula 1.0 was due out in a few months though there's still some significant work to be done, Novell said.

Novell has been looking for places to cut back.

And Presumably a Death Ray Shield Goes with the Job?
Novell has confirmed that Susan Heystee, its recently named manager of global strategic partners, is going to handle its newfangled relationship with Microsoft, which was what people assumed when she got the job. She's supposed to manage both the business and technical sides. She's also got IBM, HP and Dell on her plate. Heystee has previously been president of Novell Americas and president of Baan Americas.

Intalio Makes Another Donation to Eclipse
Intalio, the open source BPMS firm, has donated its BPMN process modeler to the Eclipse Foundation as part of the SOA Tools Platform (STP) project. Intalio donated its EMF model comparator to Eclipse earlier this year. See www.eclipse.org/stp/bpmn/.

French Linspire Arrives
Linspire says its community has produced a French version of its desktop Linux software, the first of many translations it expects to release soon. The company's localization efforts include the Debian-based operating system and key applications. The digital version is downloadable at www.linspire.com/languages. It's put a introductory price of $26.25 (20 euros) on the thing intending that it revert to $49.95 (38 euros) after December 15.

Datang Mobile Joins OSDL
Chinese handset maker Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Company has joined Open Source Development Labs and will participate in the year-old Mobile Linux Initiative. OSDL quotes the Diffusion Group as forecasting that Linux will own 26.6% of the mobile handset market by 2010, eclipsing SymbianOS. Datang is dedicated to the development of TD-SCDMA, a homegrown 3G standard.

OIN Sends Out for a Suit of Armor
"[Microsoft's] claims are baseless. In fact, there have been no patent suits against Linux. While patent disputes are not unheard of between and among software developers and distributors, they are almost always resolved between these commercial entities - not by dragging in end-user customers. Isn't the real issue the fact that Microsoft is making such a threat against its own customers?" - Jerry Rosenthal, CEO of the Open Invention Network (OIN), the IP-collecting company put together by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony to shield open source from the kind of patent threat that Microsoft has been making in the aftermath of its deal with Novell by mutual deterrence. OIN, which claims to hold 100 strategic worldwide patents and patent applications, says, "We stand ready to leverage our IP portfolio to maintain the open patent environment OIN has helped create."

Bricklin's Back - Well Almost
Any minute now Dan Bricklin, the guy who co-invented VisiCalc back in the olden days - and so precipitated the computer revolution - is going to deliver the first release of wikiCalc, a GPL 2-governed next-generation spreadsheet written in the Perl scripting language that - being a wiki - lets multiple users simultaneously log in and update the numbers over the Internet.

Actually, it's not just a newfangled browser-based spreadsheet. It's a newfangled web authoring tool for pages that include data that's more than just unformatted prose such as schedules, lists and tables and uses the spreadsheet metaphor. There's a demo of the thing at www.softwaregarden.com/wkcalpha.

Bricklin was aiming to get it out the door by the end of November and when last seen the thing had hit beta release 0.97 so it's inching to 1.0. Bricklin's been working on it since last year.

There's supposed to be optional dual-licenses for those who don't want the GPL. It is not meant for heavy-duty spreadsheet operations or serious calculations although it keeps an audit trail for Sarbanes-Oxley purposes. And unlike other webtop applications seen lately, it can run on your own server, not just on somebody else's.

SocialText will be doing the commercial distribution of wikiCalc. And Bricklin said wikiCalc (as SocialCalc) will evolve alongside SocialText's open wiki.

After the 1.0 release, SocialText, which bills itself as an enterprise wiki, will be helping Bricklin run an open source project on Sourceforge derived from wikiCalc and provide additional developers.

The beta runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix and other platforms that can run Perl.

Novell Starts Talking OES 2
There is now an Open Enterprise Server 2, the next NetWare-Linux combo from Novell, which introduced it Thursday although it won't ship until next year.

Novell says the widgetry will feature virtualization, and storage and file management innovations and complete the shift to providing workgroup services completely on SUSE Linux without defraying the investment users have in NetWare. It claims Open Enterprise Server 2 will make traditional NetWare workgroup services run on Linux as well or better than they do on NetWare or Windows and simplify the migration to Linux. It will use the virtualization capabilities in SUSE to offer extended hardware support for traditional NetWare apps.

Given its new arrangement with Microsoft, it should have improved Windows interoperability.

Dell Reportedly Creates Shortages at AMD
AMD will introduce its new 65nm dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processor, a k a Brisbane, successor to the 90nm Windsor, on December 5, according to Digitimes, which is repeating tittle-tattle printed in the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

The stories credit Dell's chip consumption with tightening supply and pushing up AMD's schedule from 1H07 to address shortages in the white box market.

Chip groupie Nathan Brookwood says the date is good, but the notion that Dell is the driving force is twaddle. Like Intel, AMD always tries to bring up a new process with an existing design like the current dual-core desktop part, he says, and since the desktop consumes the most parts, it's an obvious target to move AMD up the learning curve and AMD get a cheaper smaller die while it's at it, helping costs and margins where the price pressure is the greatest.

AMD's "real" 65nm parts will show up next year, Nathan says, when AMD trots out its quad-core Barcelona and Altair chips along with the enhanced dual-core Antares.

Anyway, the Chinese are expecting four new CPUs ranging from 2.1GHz-2.6GHz, all with 1MB L2 cache. Brisbane introduces the K8L Revision G core.

Meanwhile, Intel has started making engineering samples (think debugging) of its 45nm Core 2 shrink, code named Penryn, according to Reuters.

Penryn is due to come to market in 2H07. AMD won't have 45nm chips out until mid-'08 as things stand now.

Penryn is supposed to improve Intel's multimedia handling and introduce so-called application-targeted accelerators. Reportedly the thing's cores will operate above 3GHz.

Barron's Ties Can to Google's Tail
Over the weekend Barron's came out and said Google, which had closed at a chest-thumping $505 last Friday, was overvalued, despite the fact that its growth was slowing, expenses increasing and it was trading at 37 times next year's expected earnings. Whether or not it was poised to fall, it did taking much of the market with it on Monday. Barron's found analysts predicting Google's earnings next year will be up only 33% versus 81% this year and figuring that its spending will outpace its earnings growth. Google lost $20.25 by the end of trading Monday and settled at $484.60, down 4% and forfeiting its recent gains. It's only gained back 20 cents since.

PUBPAT Tries To Defang Patent Troll
PUBPAT, the Public Patent Foundation, has formally asked the Patent and Trademark Office to revoke two patents that epicRealm Licensing Inc, a patent troll, is asserting against dynamic web sites - sites that produce custom responses to individual visitors including, apparently, the PTO's own site - alleging that prior art invalidates them.

Macrovision Sues Altiris for Infringing
Macrovision has sued Altiris for infringing patents related to a system for managing product licenses. Evidently Macrovision struck before Altiris could because it asked the court to find that Macrovision isn't infringing an Altiris patent.

Red Hat Short
TheStreet.com says that there's been a "big jump" in short plays on Red Hat, up 29% month-over-month as of November 15, representing 11.4% of available shares, and claims it illustrates "the growing concern over Red Hat's ability to make headway vs. Novell, which teamed up with Microsoft about a month ago, as well as Oracle, which announced its entrance into the Linux distribution business in late October."

Keeping It in the Family
AMD has bought several hundred Opteron-based HP BladeSystem c-Class server blades running Red Hat for chip design development. It's AMD's first large deployment of blade servers in its engineering design environment. It's currently using standard rack-mounted servers.

The premier issue of the AJAXWorld Magazine hit world wide newsstands last month. AJAXWorld reaches more than 220,000 readers world wide, including its digital edition readers, print subscribers, as well as single copy newsstand distribution.

(Photo - Sunday, October 22, 2006) The premier issue of AJAXWorld Magazine at Barnes & Noble in Boca Raton, Glades Road store at the University Commons Mall, displayed next to its sister publication, Java Developer's Journal. JDJ carries an all time single copy sales record for any i-technology magazine.

The premier issue of the magazine includes a number of exclusive articles, in addition to opinion pieces and tutorials:

"AJAX and Atlas: An overview of two AJAX implementations," by Ben Reichelt

"AJAX & SOA: The Next Killer App," by John Crupi

"Building a Drag-and-Drop: Shopping Cart with AJAX -- Creating an Interactive Shopping Experience," by Joe Danziger

"Intelligent Web Applications with AJAX: A Peek into Modern Technologies For Browser-Based Applications," by Victor Rasputnis, Igor Nys, and Anatole Tartakovsky

"Struts Validations Framework Using AJAX: Enriching the Existing Framework," by Sonny Hastomo

"Rich Internet Components with JavaServer Faces: Providing the End User with a Rich and Responsive User Interface," by Jonas Jacobi & John Fallows

"Integrating AJAX with JMX: Opposite Ends of the Systems Management Stack," by Graham Paul Harrison

"JSF and AJAX: Introducing a New Open Source Project," by Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows

"Super-Charge JSF AJAX Data Fetch: Harnessing Managed Beans," by Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows

"JavaServer Faces and AJAX for Google Fans: Create Your Own Custom Components & Build RIAs," by Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows

"Scaling AJAX Applications Using Asynchronous Servlets: Multiplexing Client Sockets," by Bahar Limaye

"ColdFusion and AJAX: A Primer," by Jeffry Houser

"Custom Error Handling Using AJAX: Enhancing the Interactive Experience," by Ryan Anklam

"So What Is AJAX?" by Rob Gonda

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The premier issue advertisers of the magazine include Adobe, Amazon, Apress, Backbase, ComponentArt, Cynergy Systems, Google, Helmi Technologies, IBM, ICEsoft, ILOG, Infragistics, JackBe, Laszlo Systems, Nexaweb, OASIS, Parasoft, Sun, telerik, TIBCO, U7 Web Technologies, Visible Measures, and Zapatec.

The first international AJAXWorld Conference & Expo which took place on October 2 - 4, 2006, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA is sponsored by Adobe, Amazon, Apress, Backbase, ComponentArt, Cynergy Systems, Google, Helmi Technologies, IBM, ICEsoft, ILOG, Infragistics, JackBe, Laszlo Systems, Nexaweb, OASIS, Parasoft, Sun Microsystems, telerik, TIBCO, U7 Web Technologies, Visible Measures, Zapatec; including media sponsors AJAX Matters, AJAXWorld Magazine, BZ Media, ColdFusion Developer's Journal, DevtownStation.com, Eclipse Developer's Journal, Eclipse Review, Enterprise Open Source Magazine, Integration Developer News, ITtoolbox.com, Java Developer's Journal, LinuxWorld.com, Methods & Tools, Network World, Open Enterprise Trends, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal, SD Times, Software Test & Performance, SOA Web Services Journal, SYS-CON.TV, Web 2.0 Journal, and Web Developer's & Designer's Journal.

How OpenAjax Alliance Differs from Established Standards Bodies and Open Source Initiatives
The Alliance will purposely avoid competition with existing open standards and open source initiatives and instead will collaborate with and support any relevant open technology initiative.

The OpenAjax Alliance fills the AJAX interoperability gap in the industry. Other standards organizations such as W3C develop standards focused on what building-block features browsers must support, such as HTML, CSS, DOM, SVG, and JavaScript/ECMAScript. The OpenAjax Alliance addresses a technology layer above these browser formats, where the alliance defines "OpenAjax" specifications and best practices such that multiple AJAX toolkits will coexist and interoperate with the same AJAX-powered application.

To date, more than 50 organizations have joined the OpenAjax Alliance, including:

American Greetings (AG/Interactive)
Bling Software
Dojo Foundation
Eclipse Foundation
edge IPK
eLink Business Innovations
ENOVIA MatrixOne
Fair Isaac
The Front Side
Laszlo Systems
Merced Systems
Mozilla Corporation
OpenLink Software
Openwave Systems
Red Hat
Seagull Software
Software AG
Sun Microsystems
Vertex Logic
Zend Zimbra

Open and Interoperable: The OpenAjax Technology Vision
The Alliance's mission is to accelerate customer success with AJAX by promoting a customer's ability to mix and match solutions from AJAX technology providers and by helping to drive the future of the AJAX ecosystem.

The members of the Alliance have worked together to produce a shared AJAX technology vision that is described in this article. The most fundamental aspects of the technology vision were established during the two-day kickoff meeting for the alliance (May 15-16, 2006). The rest of the vision is the result of the Alliance's committee work since the kickoff meeting.

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Ever since Google popularized a smarter, more responsive and interactive Web experience by using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) for its Google Maps & Gmail applications, SYS-CON's RIA News Desk has been covering every aspect of Rich Internet Applications and those creating and deploying them. If you have breaking RIA news, please send it to [email protected] to share your product and company news coverage with AJAXWorld readers.

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