On a warm September day at Manhattan's upscale St. Regis hotel, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped
onto a makeshift stage with IBM senior VP Steve Mills to demonstrate what Mills would describe as a "breakthrough" in software engineering. With the
Windows operating system and Microsoft's SQL Server database running on one computer and a Linux operating system and IBM's DB2 database on another,
the competitors showed how Web services could be used to conduct secure transactions across their disparate systems. It was the culmination of two
years of joint effort--and ended with handshakes and smiles.
October 17, 2003