Microsoft is attempting to drive a wedge into the Java alliance with a series of partnerships aimed at promoting its cross-platform aspirations.
The company will announce a partnership with Java applications server poster child WebLogic at the JavaOne trade show this week.
"Microsoft is on a drive to gain a foothold in the enterprise and foster a new image of openness," said Yafim Natis, an analyst at the Gartner Group. "But its real strategy is to migrate the whole world to Windows NT."
Netscape, through its purchase of Kiva Software in December, supports both Component Object Model (COM) and CORBA in the now-labeled Netscape Application Server 2.1.
The new partnerships are with companies considered arch rivals to the software giant. So far Microsoft has signed Iona, application server tools vendor NetDynamics, and ICL.
Microsoft and Iona have not announced product plans, but at Iona's user group meeting last week, the two companies did outline a vision for linking together their transaction servers that would heighten the integration of the CORBA and COM worlds. The result will let users incorporate components in two-phased commit transactions.