HP, Microsoft form .Net development alliance

Hewlett-Packard(HP) will work with Microsoft to make sure .Net platform implementations work well when used by large enterprises.

The companies plan to jointly announce on Tuesday a worldwide cooperation initiative that will make use of HP's expertise in designing, implementing, supporting and managing large IT implementations, according to a statement preannouncing the plan.

.Net is Microsoft's platform for Web services, an environment in which applications should be able to exchange data across company networks.

The alliance will be announced officially Tuesday at Microsoft's Synergy partner conference in Vienna where Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer will hold a keynote address.

A telephone press conference led by Rene Schuster, senior vice president of HP's Worldwide Consulting and Integration business, has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. GMT Tuesday.

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