This past week Microsoft announced that they have joined the AMQP working group, throwing support behind the grass-roots AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol) movement popular with application developers in financial services, telecom and cloud computing.
So why support AMQP now? Microsoft says in the press release that this is in response to customer demand (probably true) and a display of their commitment to openness, interoperability and customer choice (politicians aren’t the only ones that know how to spin).
The truth is Microsoft is not a significant player in the messaging space which has long been dominated by IBM, Tibco and JMS products (from Sun and others). Messaging is a highly heterogeneous problem, and MSMQ adoption has been Windows only. Most of the WS-standards stalled out about two years ago.… Read the rest