The software maker is devoting several discussion panels at its (WinHEC) in Seattle to outline its plans for a new programming interface to allow Windows software to talk to various devices using Web services. According to its conference agenda, the Web services for devices API (WSDAPI) builds onsuch as the Web Service-Devices profile, and works within PC software and in embedded applications.
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Also,, Microsoft plans next week to release an updated preview of Longhorn, the next major version of Windows, which is still in its early stages of development. Microsoft has before a full beta version of the software is ready and the company has an internal goal of releasing the software by the middle of 2006. The software maker the initial developer preview version of the software at a conference last fall.
Microsoft has also said it will giveabout the type of systems that will work with Longhorn.
"We are going to provide some broad guidance to hardware manufacturers about the kind of systems that will be great Longhorn systems," Windows lead program manager Greg Sullivan said in an interview earlier this month.
WinHEC is the primary gathering place at which Microsoft sets out its goals for hardware makers. The company uses it as a chance to update hardware makers on its own road map, as well as a stage to push the industry in certain directions. Microsoft has used past conferences toof writing good software drivers, among other things.
The conference runs Tuesday through Friday, with Chief Software Architect Bill Gates scheduled to give a keynote speech on Tuesday.