Microsoft Corp. announced two new Web Part toolkits and a Web services toolkit for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies that enable them to connect systems from multiple vendors using XML Web services standards. Available at no charge on GotDotNet.com, and complete with source code, the two Web Part toolkits represent additions to Microsoft’s array of XML Web Parts by facilitating the integration of Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services sites with information line-of-business applications from SAP AG and other vendors. Microsoft’s WSRP Web Part Toolkit for SharePoint Products and Technologies leverages the Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) specification created by the OASIS to enable developers to build portlets that interact with other portal sites regardless of the business system they use. The WSRP Web Part Toolkit includes a ready-to-install “consumer” component that displays WSRP portlet services provided by a variety of vendors within Web Part pages hosted by Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Microsoft also is providing a WSRP Web Services Toolkit for SharePoint Products and Technologies that explains and provides examples for creating and deploying WSRP-compliant producer Web services. Microsoft also released its Web Part Toolkit for SharePoint Products and Technologies for SAP iViews. www.microsoft.com

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