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Short Take: Microsoft joins data coalition

Microsoft has joined the Meta Data Coalition, an industry consortium of 47 software vendors aiming to define a standard specification for interchange of data between development tools, and will transfer rights to maintain and evolve the Microsoft Open Information Model (OIM) to the group. OIM defines a way to exchange data, using Microsoft technologies including COM, as well as SQL and Java, Microsoft said.

Microsoft has joined the Meta Data Coalition, an industry consortium of 47 software vendors aiming to define a standard specification for interchange of data between development tools, and will transfer rights to maintain and evolve the Microsoft Open Information Model (OIM) to the group. OIM defines a way to exchange data, using Microsoft technologies including COM, as well as SQL and Java, Microsoft said.