Microsoft on Monday released software tools that it claims will allow developers to create more secure and reliable Web services. The software maker debuted Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 1.0, a package of add-ons to its .Net software that adhere to the latest standards on security, message routing and transmitting file attachments via Web services. Developers can download the software for free and work with it in conjunction with Microsoft's Visual Studio.Net development tool bundle.
As part of its .Net initiative, Microsoft has introduced a series of programming tools and software over the past year that runs applications complying with Web services standards. Web services are applications that can exchange data among disparate computers using Internet protocols.
The tools are compliant with the Web Services Security (WS-S) standard that was designed by IBM and Microsoft. The original set of Web services standards did not address security, but adherence to WS-S and other security methods is critical to the adoption of Web services in corporate environments.
Microsoft's implementation of WS-S "allows companies to digitally sign messages so the receiving end can ensure that messages have not been tampered with," said Rebecca Dias, product manager for Web services and Web Services technical marketing at the software maker. Companies can also exploit their existing security methods for authorizing user access, such as PKI (public key infrastructure), Microsoft's network directory or Kerberos security, she said.
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