Iona's Orbix is an object request broker that facilitates communication over a network between CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) objects. OpenDoc is Apple's answer to OLE: a compound document architecture for Macintosh OS, Windows, OS/2, and Unix that allow documents to be created as an assembly of small components or objects.
Iona now plans to ship its Orbix 2.0 for the Mac OS System 7.5 by early fall. The ORB will link OpenDoc applications to the large market of existing CORBA applications, most of them running on Unix servers.
Two ORB vendors yesterday announced plans to support a new specification that will do the same thing for Microsoft's COM architecture, the heart of OLE objects.
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