Following a week long hackathon held last month, the Apache Axis2/Java team has released version 1.3 of the core Web services engine.
Many improvements have been made in the code itself with numerous bug fixes and a more stable API. Version 1.3 also has better support for WSDL 2.0, Spring services and POJO services and clients. See here for a full list of features.
At the recent WCF plug fest, Axis2 1.3 passed all interoperability tests with . NET over HTTP for security and reliable messaging. Axis2 1.3 is also inter-operable with SMTP. The results of these test will be published soon in the WSO2 Oxygen Tank Developer's Portal.
Apache Axis2 is carefully designed to support the easy addition of plug-in "modules" that extend its functionality for features such as security and reliability. Modules supporting WS-Security/Secure-Conversation (Apache Rampart), WS-Trust (Apache Rahas), WS-Reliable Messaging (Apache Sandesha) and WS-Eventing (Apache Savan) will be available soon after this release.