Update on SOA Conference and Upcoming Events

Over the past few months we have talked to a number of customers and partners about our plans for upcoming Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) events.  We have heard loud and clear that travel budgets are limited, and have evaluated the various ways we can share Real World SOA best practices and training to our customers…

Announcing the Availability of the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0

As we have pre-announced during several BizTalk sessions at TechEd North America last month, the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0, formerly known as the ESB Guidance 2.0 – has been released today to the web. It is available on the new ESB page in the BizTalk Developer Center on MSDN. This toolkit extends BizTalk Server 2009…


Microsoft Announces General Availability of BizTalk Server 2009

Microsoft today announced the general availability of BizTalk Server 2009, which is available to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) customers and will be made available broadly in nine languages — Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish — on May 1. BizTalk Server 2009 delivers new capabilities to help customers more…


Managed Services Engine CTP Available on CodePlex

Last week we also announced a CTP release of the Microsoft Managed Services Engine to CodePlex. This is a very powerful set of infrastructure and tools built on WCF for supporting versioning, abstraction, management, routing and runtime policy enforcement of services in a heterogeneous environment. You definitely want to check this out if you are…


ESB Guidance Released to MSDN!

If you were in either of the two standing room only ESB Guidance sessions at last week conference you heard us mention it would be released shortly. I’m pleased to say that Patterns & Practices has just released the ESB Guidance to MSDN! The MSDN site is the entry point for ESB Guidance bits, docs, and community….


"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…


InfoQ interview on Microsoft’s SOA Strategy

InfoQ just published their interview with Dino Chiesa, Director of .Net Marketing in our Connected Systems Division.  Dino talks about Microsoft’s SOA Strategy and how our investments in Windows Communication Foundation, ESB guidance, BizTalk Services and .Net framework 3.5 play key roles in helping our customers reach the benefits of SOA. Regards, Marjan Kalantar


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…


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…

Channel 9 Video on BizTalk Services

Check out this new video on Channel 9 where James Conard talks with John Shewchuk and Dennis Pilarinos about BizTalk Services. John and Dennis quickly explain BizTalk Services by discussing the challenges with building applications today.  Dennis also shows four demos of BizTalk Services and then drops into Visual Studio along the way to show the…