Microsoft have, in their wisdom, decided that all scanners and similar image acquisition devices need to support Web Services, with an obviously named protocol - WS-Scan.
Does this mean we will see TWAIN no more?
From the MSFT press release:
This collaboration is a response to customer and industry interest in having the WS-Scan Service Schema mapped directly to the PWG Scan semantic model,” said Jack Mayo, group program manager with the Windows Experience team at Microsoft. “The benefit to customers will be making great scanning solutions for Windows-based interoperable with other platforms. The ability to make interoperable solutions will also greatly reduce the development burden on the PWG partner companies.”
So the only reason I posted this is because TWAIN is one of my all time favourite acronyms, commonly, if unofficially, understood to stand for Technology Without An Interesting Name. And I don't normally find reasons to refer to that. Seemingly pointless MSFT initiatives don't really worry me that much.