May 04, 2004

Devices Profile for Web Services

Microsoft and partners today announced the Devices Profile for Web Services at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle.

The Devices Profile for Web Services, co-authored by Intel, Lexmark and Ricoh, describes a core subset of pre-existing Web services specifications that devices can implement. While these devices are growing rapidly in computational power, they are still resource-constrained by desktop and server standards. To enable a base level of interoperability between devices and Web services, the Devices Profile outlines best-of-breed Web service specifications in core areas and prescribes how to use them in concert to enable simple network installation and communication among devices.

"As a broad range of devices become increasingly important to consumers and businesses, users rightly want the same integration capabilities they get with their PCs. Web services will enable these devices to work together in ways never before possible. That's what makes this so exciting".

The Devices Profile references WS-Eventing and WS-Discovery, as well as other Web services specifications. It is publicly available for review and comment, and there's a technical overview on MSDN too. A Workshop on the Profile is in the planning stages.

To me, this is yet more evidence of the momentum of Web Services adoption into the devices space. Web Services really have become the new interconnectivity dial-tone - the new IP for the 21st Century.

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