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Microsoft Issues XML for Analysis Beta

In its quest for cross-platform integration, Microsoft Corp. has bet the farm on XML and open standards. Today, developers can catch a glimpse of its XML work, with the beta of XML for Analysis.

XML for Analysis provides a toolkit for the integration of analytical databases across an n-tier infrastructure. Because it uses the open XML, SOAP, and http standards, Microsoft  says that it will allow developers to move data to applications written in a number of environments, including C++, Java, and its own Visual Basic and C# languages.

Redmond bills XML for analysis as an extension of its OLEDB for OLAP and OLEDB for Data Mining.

While XML for Analysis is not explicitly a .NET release, the beta may give users a clearer indication of what will come with the .NET timeframe. Microsoft hopes to leverage XML and SOAP for creating platform independent applications, and open integration between client and server environments.

In addition, the toolkit is evidence of Redmond’s program to push the Windows platform into high-end “glass house” implementations; toolkits for data mining and extraction complement large database installation on Windows machines.

The beta is available from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/data/xml/XMLAnalysis.htm -Christopher McConnell

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