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Yesterday one of my colleague forwarded one email about new release coming up in biztalk server family. I am sharing that email content with you all.

What did you announce?  On Tuesday 22nd April 2008 we announce publicly that there will be an R3 release of BizTalk Server 2006, name: BizTalk Server 2006 R3.

What is BizTalk Server 2006 R3?  ‘R3’ is our planned release to enable customers to take advantage latest wave of 2008 products (Windows Server 2008, .NET Framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008).  It will also include additional investments focusing on priority customer-requested capabilities:

       · New web service registry capabilities, inc support for UDDI v3

       · Further service enablement of applications via new & enhanced adapters

       · Further service enablement of edge devices via BizTalk RFID mobile

       · SOA patterns & practices guidance

       · Enhanced support for vertical industry standards like SWIFT, EDI

Why a licensed upgrade and not a Service Pack?  Although our original intention was to target a service pack, the test cycles were long and, with the continued wait for SQL Server 2008 to ship aligned to our desire to release some newer features ahead of Oslo, it became clear that a full R release was more appropriate.  Furthermore after a lot of analysis and discussion we also determined that refreshing the bits (instead of applying a large Service Pack) would provide for the best update experience. 

What is the timeline for R3?  You should anticipate CTP of R3 this summer with a RTM targeted for first half CY2009.  CTP pieces will be made available via

What’s with UDDI, doesn’t Windows server 2008 have UDDI?  : As part of this next BizTalk Server release, we will be transitioning the packaging/distribution of Microsoft’s UDDI capabilities from Windows Server over to BizTalk Server.  Given the close relationship of web service registries with metadata repository technologies, it makes sense to more closely align the distribution and evolution of Microsoft’s registry/repository functionality.   As a result, we will be deprecating UDDI v2 services out of the next major version of Windows Server, and offering an enhanced registry (UDDI v3 compatible) with BizTalk Server’s next release.  (Current UDDI v2 customers will be receive guidance on how to move to UDDI v3 capabilities in a straight-forward manner.)  This enables a core foundational element of your SOA infrastructure, and helps prepare for some of the forthcoming modeling and repository investments planned in our “Oslo” wave of products.

What about Oslo?  Work on the Oslo wave continues unabated.  This R3 announcement does not change the Oslo vision or timing from what was previously announced.

We hope this will help you address this topic with your customers but if not by all means contact us – that’s what we’re here for!
Courtesy of Connected Systems Team Canada


Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:24 AM BizTalk Server Releases | Back to top

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