IBM's Robert S. Sutor, who will be keynoting at Edge 2004 International Developer Conference & Expo next month when he'll be discussing how Web services have now entered the IT mainstream, has just announced to the developer community the availability of a technical preview of WebSphere Application Server V6. "WebSphere V6 will be the basis of IBM's strategy to build out a platform for developing and deploying service-oriented architectures (SOAs)," Sutor said, "and will form the foundation for other WebSphere software where it makes sense." The full product - and accompanying Java tools for WebSphere - won't ship till the second half of 2004, Sutor added. "IBM is the first vendor aside from Sun to support J2EE 1.4 fully in its application server," he said. Read.