Middleware is software applications that provides services beyond those provided by the Operating System to enable the various components of a, usually Distributed system, to communicate and manage data.

Middleware is especially common to Information Technology based on XML, SOAP, Web Service, and Service-oriented Architecture.

Middleware is a "loosely" not well defined term with considerable confusion surrounding the term outside of a specific Implementation or Organizational Entity.

Middleware may refer to the Department within the an Organizational Entity

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