BizTalk 2006 R3

With the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008, a refresh of BizTalk 2006 will be released to support SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and the .NET Framework 3.5.  This is not a new release of BizTalk Server per se … it will be built on the existing released bits.  This is to ensure compatibility to existing BizTalk applications.

 There are some planned enhancements based on customer requests.  These include:

  • 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

A CTP is expected later this calendar year with an RTM planned in H1 calendar 2009.  There is a TAP program planned for R3.  Sign up instructions can be found here.

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