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OMG interface to bridge high and low

The Object Management Group today adopted a long-awaited interface that will bridge the gap between its high-end object architecture and Microsoft's low-end object architecture.

The Object Management Group today adopted a long-awaited interface that will bridge the gap between its popular high-end object architecture and Microsoft's popular low-end object architecture.

OMG is an industry group made up of 600 software companies. Its Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) is a framework for developing software components widely used in object-oriented applications that run on Unix-based workstations and servers. Microsoft's Common Object Model (COM) forms the heart of the OLE component architecture ubiquitous on Windows desktops.

The OMG said the new interface will allow component-based software running in multiplatform environments to interoperate, letting CORBA and COM objects communicate with each other. This should help narrow the distance between Windows PCs and Unix-based servers that now complicate life for many corporate IS managers.

A number of companies collaborated on the COM-CORBA interface, including IBM, Sybase, SunSoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Seimens Nixdorf.