Web Services, that emerging set of specifications for the exchange of data over the Web, is supposedly designed to enable systems to exchange files with virtually any other system. So if that ideal is reached, what does that mean for operating system vendors like Microsoft?

Microsoft will continue to be a major force. But can the computer world use Web Services to achieve that Holy Grail in which a device's manufacturer does not matter because any user, anywhere, with any device will be able to communicate with all other users regardless of the application and operating system?

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