AlexGr writes "The surprising word out of Redmond is that Microsoft is about to make a small but remarkable overture toward the open standards world. They are about to embrace a very interesting though relatively little known enterprise messaging standard known as the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol, or AMQP for short. Red Hat, a founding member of the AMQP working group, reacted with this welcome message: http://bryanche.blogspot.com/2008/10/welcome-to-amqp-microsoft.html.
What is AMQP, and why should anybody care whether Microsoft adopts it? Suffice it is to say that AMQP is to high-value, reliable business messaging what SMTP is to e-mail.
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