The Web Services Value Chain Page 6
By Jean-Christophe Cimetiere of TechMetrix Research
Microsoft is the one exception to this. In addition to providing solutions based on standards (SOAP), Microsoft has been very evangelical about Web services. But the company doesn't just stop at being a technology provider. It goes further, with plans to release HailStorm (http://www.microsoft.com/net/hailstorm.asp), a user-centric collection of Web services, described by the vendor as designed to put "users in control of their own data and information, protecting personal information and providing a new level of ease of use and personalization."
The HailStorm hub of Web services is expected to be in Beta by the end of 2001. Microsoft's investment on Web services is huge, at all levels.