Phase 1 (1999-2001): In June 2001, Gartner, Inc. documented a timeline for the adoption of Web services from 2001 to 2005. They suggested that 2001 would see many Web services development tools delivered. With Web services development tools from Microsoft, IBM, Sun, Software AG and many others, this expected proliferation of Web services tools was realized. We will refer to this period (1999-2001) as Phase 1 of Web services evolution. Phase 1 has been the major focus of Web services to this point.

Phase 2 (2002- 2004): Gartner suggested that 2002 would see business Web services start to appear in large numbers, also with business-to-consumer (B2C) access to mass consumer-oriented Web services. One such example of B2C Web services is "My Services" from Microsoft (code-named "Hailstorm"). These were scheduled to be released in 2002 as My Services Servers in association with Microsoft .NET.

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