This just in.... Microsoft has just released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of BizTalk Services, a set of hosted services delivered via the Internet to help developers rapidly build and run composite applications at internet scale. At it's core, it is an Internet Service Bus.
With platform technologies including Windows Server, the .NET Framework, BizTalk Server, and other so on, Microsoft has long been dedicated to delivering ever-broader application platform value to businesses that want to be able to buy+build+integrate their systems. The “BizTalk Services” ISB extends and complements the existing Microsoft platform to further advance the capability and productivity available to those businesses.
"BizTalk Services” is easily programmed through the familiar .NET Framework v3.0 and Visual Studio. In addition, the “BizTalk Services” capability is accessible through standard Internet and WS-* protocols making them fully interoperable with existing IT investments, and easy to use from a wide range of platforms.
Dino sez, check it out.
Oh, also, some other blogging attention:
- John Shewchuk, the distinguished engineer at Microsoft who is heading the project for BizTalk Services, is blogging about the effort.
- Dennis Pilarinos , another engineer on the team, has some insight into the internals.
- Clemens Vasters chimes in with his view
- Steven Martin also has some comments on the significance of this stuff
- Vittorio Bertocci is excited about the P2P potential here.
- David Lemphers, in Melbourne, weighs in, too.
eWeek did a story, too