Gartner is bullish on Indigo, Microsoft's upcoming Web services deployment and communications platform. Since Microsoft dominates up to 90% of the client-side or desktop computing market, the new Web services features will see significant adoption as the next version of the Windows operating system (Longhorn) rolls out.
The consultancy writes that Indigo will essentially become an "enterprise service bus, in which the 'enterprise' is the Internet." However, Gartner adds, "Microsoft could not achieve thiswithout partnerships and further standards efforts." Gartner analysts also advise evaluating Indigo separately from Longhorn, since Indigo will also be supported on Windows XP and 2003.
The latest details on Microsoft's enterprise OS rollout roadmap can be found in this summary on ENT Online.