HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft just published the first specification described by the WS-Management/WSDM convergence roadmap from March 2006. It’s WS-ResourceTransfer (WS-RT), which builds on top of WS-Transfer to allow more flexible access to the representation of the resource (e.g. retrieving only a portion of the representation instead of the whole thing). This level of features corresponds to the WS-Transfer extensions present in WS-Management or to what WS-ResourceProperties offers in the WSRF world. Attentive readers of the roadmap might remember that it mentions a WS-TransferAddendum specification. There won’t be any such specs, instead there will soon be a backward-compatible update of WS-Transfer.