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