Microsoft to Developers: Experiment a Little

By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2006-04-21 Print this article Print

The Redmond software maker is building an "Experimentation Platform" where it will allow Microsoft and third-party developers to test new Live-based services before rolling them out.

Microsoft is building a Web site designed to allow Microsoft product groups—and, later, third-party software developers—to test new Live features and services in a controlled environment.

The new site, known as the Windows Live Experimentation Platform, went live April 20. The site is running on top of Office Live, a set of service extensions to Microsoft Office that Microsoft released to beta testers earlier this year.

The Live Experimentation Platform is Microsoft's latest move toward making Windows Live not just a collection of services, but a developer platform in its own right.

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Microsoft rivals Google, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay all are embarking on similar strategies, by exposing more services as open application programming interfaces and encouraging developers to build mashups, composite applications, and other consumer and business software atop their respective platforms.

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