AlexGr writes: "The surprising word out of Redmond is that Microsoft is about to make a small but remarkable overture toward the open standards world. They are about to embrace a very interesting though relatively little known enterprise messaging standard known as the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol, or AMQP for short. Red Hat, a founding member of the AMQP working group, reacted with this welcome message: http://bryanche.blogspot.com/2008/10/welcome-to-amqp-microsoft.html. What is AMQP, and why should anybody care whether Microsoft adopts it? Suffice it is to say that AMQP is to high-value, reliable business messaging what SMTP is to e-mail. http://www.interopnews.com/analysis/microsoft-puts-a-foot-in-the-open-standards-pond-with-amqp.html"