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SOA: These Three Letters Now Officially Endorsed in Redmond

I've been pretty interested in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) for a while, but the deeper I looked, the less I saw Microsoft using the term. Instead of "SOA," everything was "Web Services" or "Windows Live." Don't believe me? A search of Microsoft.com reveals 6,019 instances of the term "SOA." Sounds impressive, until you realize there are 351,162 results for "Web Services." You do the math.

I know these are two somewhat different concepts, and many of the folks at Microsoft agree -- except for them, "Web Services" has relevance while "SOA" doesn't.

But more and more Redmond folks are getting it. The company even put on an SOA conference last week that promoted the concept, especially from Microsoft's standpoint. Do you care about SOA? Let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com or comment below.

Posted by Doug Barney on October 11, 2006 at 11:52 AM