Welcome to Motley Queüe!

Hello, and welcome to Motley Queüe! My name is James Birdsall, and I'm a member of the Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) test team at Microsoft. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be covering these topics:

  • What Is Queuing? There are many ways for different processes and programs to communicate with each other. Queuing is one of them, and like the rest it has advantages and disadvantages. There are purposes for which it is a good fit and others for which it is not. The first step in using queuing is deciding what your needs are and whether queuing meets them.

  • What Is MSMQ? "Queuing" covers a lot of ground. In this topic I'll get specific about MSMQ, which is Microsoft's principle queuing product, covering the major moving parts to give you an idea of how our system works.

  • What's New in MSMQ 4? MSMQ ships as part of Microsoft Windows, and we just released a new version of it when Windows Vista shipped. Windows Codename Longhorn will include MSMQ version 4 as well. We have introduced a number of new features and refinements of existing ones.

  • Other Microsoft Queuing Products

There's plenty more to come after that, so thank you for reading, and stay tuned!

Comments (3)
  1. MSDN Archive says:

    Great site James and congratulations on the big launch!  Can’t wait to see the content and comments from it.  

    Best of luck,


  2. vijrqrr9 says:


    I’m glad you are blogging about MSMQ.  I have a request… would you please write about how MSMQ fits into an SOA environment?

    My company assumes that whenever 2 applications need to communicate it must be through web services.  I have tried to argue about setting up queues with little success.  Where do you see queues fitting into SOA?

    Thanks for the blog.


  3. MSDN Archive says:

    Hey Robert, check out http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/msmqpluswcf.  It will give you an idea how you can leverage MSMQ in a SOA environment and how to get started.

    Good luck,

    Justin Wilcox

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