After month of testing, it’s nice to see that Microsoft have finally pushed BizTalk 2006 R2 out to the world. Here’s the blurb:
With the introduction of the fifth full version, BizTalk Server 2006 R2 builds upon the Business Process Management and SOA/ESB capabilities in prior releases to help organizations extend core process management technologies even further with new capabilities like native support for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), AS2 and RFID and close alignment with the releases of 2007 Microsoft Office system and Windows Vista, including key .NET Framework technologies such as Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation.
There’s lots of great stuff in there; ever since BizTalk 2004, Microsoft have introduced a new wave of services and application helping to accelerate business development and agility. It’s nice to be working in this space, but it’s very easy to forget what a step-change it is for developers to make the leap from writing applications to delivering services.