"Oslo" is announced!

Today in Redmond, during our keynote for the SOA and BPM conference, we announced our vision and multiyear investment in a wave of products which will simply building SOA & BPM solutions (codenamed “Oslo”).  For more information, please see the related CNN Money article. You definitely want to check out our newly launched SOA web…

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The other shoe has finally dropped.

A few weeks ago the announcement was made that BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will be generally available in September. It truly feels great to finally see the light at the end of that tunnel. A whole bunch of effort goes into building the product as well as prepping for its launch. The fruits of all…

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Community Release of ESB Guidance is Available on CodePlex

  In June, we released a new community release build of the Microsoft ESB Guidance on the ESB Guidance community site.  In addition to fixes and new samples & guidance, this release includes new and augmented features such as WS-MetadataExchange, WCF adapter integration, UDDI publishing, enhanced ESB portal, third party SOA management and governance integration…

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Channel 9 video on Host Integration Server!

If you have previously worked on integration projects between IBM mainframe / AS400 and Windows, then there is a good chance that you have worked with the Microsoft Host Integration Server.  Microsoft Host Integration Server (HIS) is the product that allows bringing in host applications from IBM mainframe and AS400 data and application into a…

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BizTalk Services are Live!

  Yesterday, our division went live with the Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of BizTalk Services.  These services extend technologies from our division to work as hosted services accessible via the Internet.  In essence, we are creating the first Internet Services Bus to enable developers to create Internet scale composite applications more rapidly.    These services…

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8 Tips And Tricks For Better BizTalk Programming

  Marty Wasznicky (Regional Program Manager for BizTalk Server) and Scott Zimmerman (senior App Dev consultant with Microsoft) have written an interesting MSDN article with Tips for Better BizTalk Programming.  This article discusses Multi-Part Messages, Direct-Bound Ports, Internal and External Schemas, Web services and Debugging XSLT.  Make sure to read this article; it will help…

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Public Beta for BizTalk 2006 R2 has released!

  We are pleased to announce the public Beta 2 release of BizTalk 2006 R2.  The beta 2 files are available from the Microsoft Connect site.   While there are numerous improvements to BizTalk, this release has three major themes:   EDI: The native support for comprehensive EDI and AS2 protocols in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will…

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Announcing the OBA Reference Application Pack for Loan Origination Systems (OR-LOS)

The Architecture Strategy Team has just released an Office Business Applications Reference Application Pack for Loan Origination Systems (OR-LOS) that leverages SharePoint, BizTalk Orchestrations, BizTalk Business Rules Engine, WF Workflows, and Office Clients to automate a Loan Origination process spanning multiple human and system participants. Mike Walker has posted all the details including whitepapers, an…

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Some more detail on the Business Process Alliance

If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out last week’s announcement of Microsoft’s Business Process Alliance. You can get some more detail on some of the capabilities provided by the alliance partners in this whitepaper. And, Steven Martin shares some insight on what is needed for BPM to go main stream, how the Business…

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BizTalk MVP Dinner at the SOA & Business Process Conference

On Thursday evening Oct 5th, BizTalk Product Team welcomed BizTalk MVPs to a special dinner.  This event was hosted at one of the premier dining locations in Bellevue, the Daniel’s Broiler.     Our GM, Oliver Sharp greeted our MVPs thanking them for their efforts and leadership in the community.  This was a great start to a…

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