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Today, the Connected Systems Division announced features for BizTalk Server 2009 and future releases plans, to provide customers and partners with further clarification about what to expect.
1. BizTalk Server 2009:
o Naming Change: Microsoft updated the name of the next release from BizTalk Server 2006 R3 to “BizTalk Server 2009”.
o BizTalk Server 2009 Timing: We will deliver a public CTP by the end of this calendar year. Additionally, BizTalk Server 2009 is on track for availability in the first half of calendar year 2009.
o Features: Five core feature areas of the 2009 release include platform support, SOA & web services, business to business integration, device connectivity and developer and team productivity.
2. Future Plans:
o Ship Rhythm: Microsoft’s commitment to maintain a rhythm of releases roughly every 2 years.
o High-Level Themes: Microsoft’s priorities for the next couple of releases include:
§ Developer productivity enhancements (e.g. complex mapping);
§ Enhanced B2B support (e.g. complex trading partner management, expanded industry standards and schemas);
§ Low-latency messaging enhancements and ESB Guidance;
§ Enhanced device support for cross-enterprise asset tracking, enterprise manageability of devices, and key industry standards;
§ Real-time business event visibility through BI / BAM Enhancements; and
§ Integration with the latest new platform capabilities (to take advantage of the latest advances in the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and Windows Server).
For more information on the BizTalk Server roadmap announcement, please visit the BizTalk roadmap page and PressPass Q & A with Oliver Sharp.