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Microsoft opens up ‘Sandbox’ at ITU World

Microsoft Corp. has introduced the Connected Services Sandbox, a new program designed to unite independent software...


December 5, 2006  


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Microsoft Corp. has introduced the Connected Services Sandbox, a new program designed to unite independent software vendors (ISVs), developers, systems integrators (SIs), network equipment providers (NEPs) and telecommunications service providers in developing and testing new communications services.

Launched at ITU Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong, Microsoft says The Sandbox will encourage the creation of “managed network mash-ups” in which Web services are combined with traditional telecommunications offerings, and then can be offered through the Software as a Service (SaaS) model and delivered across a network or device.

“Currently, operators are offering network services such as voice, video and data services either individually or in service packages,” said Michael O’Hara, general manager for the communications sector at Microsoft.

“Operators now can open their networks to next-generation Web 2.0 applications that can be mashed together with traditional services to create new connected services — the foundation of Telco 2.0.”

The Connected Services Sandbox is accessible on the Internet and facilitates idea generation and integration with publicly available Web services from Microsoft and others.

Founding participants include Bell Canada, BT, Nortel and Ubiquity Software.