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).