BizTalk Server Platform Updates

Over the past few months we’ve seen an incredible wave of new platform products and technologies including Windows Server 2008, .NET Framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. You may remember that in the past BizTalk Server has updated features to support the most recent platform releases.  With BizTalk Server 2006 once the RTM versions of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 were released, we did final testing and sent a new version of BizTalk Server out the door. 


Based on feedback from customers and partners, we are planning to do the same thing this time around to follow closely on the heels of this latest platform wave.  Once SQL Server 2008 (the final of the three to be released) becomes generally available, we will follow with an updated version of BizTalk Server designed for the latest versions of Windows Server, the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and SQL Server.   This will mean that BizTalk Server customers will continue to take full advantage of the platform’s latest improvements including: scalability for mission-critical workloads, improved support for next-generation web and service oriented applications, improved virtualization support and better business insight through Office.


We are also taking the opportunity as part of this BizTalk Server release to deliver additional customer-requested capabilities for our core SOA infrastructure.  We will give more updates on specific features in the coming months, but at a high level we are planning some new investments in the release that includes:


  • New web service registry capabilities with support for UDDI (Universal Description Discovery and Integration) version 3.0
  • Enhanced service enablement of applications (through new and enhanced adapters for LOB applications, databases, and legacy/host systems)
  • Enhanced service enablement of “edge” devices through BizTalk RFID Mobile
  • Enhanced interoperability and connectivity support for B2B protocols (like SWIFT, EDI, etc)
  • SOA patterns and best practices guidance to assist our customer’s implementations

To ensure existing BTS applications continue to run without changes, we are taking an incremental approach and limiting the changes to the items listed above. Because this release build on existing bits, the name of this release will be BizTalk Server 2006 R3. Refreshing the bits (instead of applying a large Service Pack) provides for the best update experience.  You should expect to see a CTP of BizTalk Server 2006 R3 later this year (with an RTM planned in H1 CY09).


Stay tuned for an update in the coming weeks!  See you @ TechEd.

Comments (38)

  1. Chris Romp says:

    A number of you (my customers) have asked about the support of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and the 2008 wave

  2. Official news about the next release of BizTalk Server has been released on Steve Martins blog here with

  3. In an earlier post I wrote about Microsoft researching possibilities for BizTalk Server 2006 supporting

  4. Steve Martin vient d’annoncer la sortie d’une release 3 pour BizTalk pour mi-2009, avec des compléments

  5. Andy Mater says:

    Nice to see the long awaited integration of VS2008 and BTS2006. Good news.

  6. Today, Steve Martin announced a few details about the next version of BizTalk that will be available…

  7. Arno's Blog says:

    Voici une annonce qui fait plaisir de bon matin ! BizTalk Server 2006 R3 RTM pour le premier semestre

  8. Have you heard? Biztalk 2006 R3 has been announced …

  9. Microsoft announced a new release for BizTalk, and it's an R3 release. Major investments for this

  10. The next version of Biztalk (Biztalk Server 2006 R3) was just announced. More details can be found in

  11. Steve Martin som er product manager for divisjonen for Connected System, annonserte i dag (23. april)

  12. BizTalk Server 2006 R3 Announced Today, Steve Martin announced in his post BizTalk Server Platform Updates

  13. E’ stato annunciato da Steven Martin e sul blog del team di BizTalk il prossimo rilascio della versione

  14. ColinBowern says:

    So what you are saying is no Windows Server 2008 support until 2009?

  15. A new release of BizTalk 2006 in the make: BizTalk Server 2006 R3!

  16. Just in case you haven’t heard from every other BizTalk blogger, BizTalk Server 2006 R3 has been announced.

  17. dispatches says:

    BizTalk 2006 R3 – Microsoft’s next release – is expected to more closely align with Windows Server, SQL

  18. ericstott says:

    This is awesome news, hopefully we will learn more about the bullet points soon!

  19. Sam Gentile says:

    Big announcement today from Steve Martin, director of product management for Microsoft's Connected

  20. Mick Badran says:

    Fanstastic!!! Bring on the Betas!!! Where/When?? How?

  21. In case you haven't heard, it was formally announced that a new release of BizTalk Server 2006 is

  22. BizTalk Server 2006 R3 Announced

  23. I have two things to be excited about today. First, we’ve finally had some sunny spring days in Seattle

  24. Steven Martin announced another important update for our customers & partners: we’ve come to an agreement

  25. We get a reasonable amount of feedback from BizTalk users that would like a more seamless experience

  26. 環境: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 (または WSS 3.0) BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Visual Studio

  27. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen Microsoft announce several Interop-related work that the company is

  28. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen Microsoft announce several Interop-related work that the company is

  29. Vanittminden says:

    Ha még valakihez még nem jutott volna el a hír, az MS bejelentette a BizTalk 2006 R3-at. Ami igazából

  30. I’ve just had my longest vacations in the last 4 or 5 years. And it was great :-). The week started off

  31. Hello, I’m Charles (Charley) Fichter , a Snr. Solutions Architect on the GISV Architecture team. Thanks

  32. Team System と BizTalk を使用した作業をよりシームレスに行うことを望む BizTalk ユーザーから相当量のフィードバックが寄せられています。その中の第一の不満は、チーム ビルドでの

  33. Write on! says:

    Sounds familiar? Well, it seems to be the theme for Microsoft as well. A slew of new technologies have

  34. Big announcement today from Steve Martin, director of product management for Microsoft’s Connected Systems Division (CSD), announcing an update of the BizTalk Server for the 2008 Wave technologies. It will be called BizTalk Server 2006 R3. It will also

  35. ninocrudele says:

    Steve ha pubblicato nuovi aggiornamenti riguardo le nuove features della futura R3. direi che in generale

  36. BizTalk Server 2006 R3 Announced

  37. Steve Martin sent out the announcement yesterday that the BizTalk Server line of products would be getting

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