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Microsoft, Sun Partner On Identity Specs

Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. on Friday unveiled jointly developed specifications, which will support Web single sign-on between the companies' systems.

Specifically, the new specs support single sign-on between Sun's Solaris operating system and Java Enterprise System (JES) and Microsoft's Windows Server.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and Sun CEO Scott McNealy announced the specs Friday during a news conference in Palo Alto, Calif. The meeting was called to update reporters and analysts on the landmark interoperability alliance the two companies announced a year ago.

"This is just the beginning of a long list of projects we're working on," McNealy said in a statement.

The companies have jointly developed two draft specifications: the Web Single Sign-On Metadata Exchange (Web SSO MEX) protocol and Web Single Sign-On Interoperability profile (Web SSO Interop Profile).

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