Today at the UK Microsoft's Architects Council we had the news on the announcement of Oslo the next generation of Microsoft's SOA platform. This of course was not news as the Council is acting as Technical advisors to the Connected System division but it was nice to know the new was out!
Building on the technology available today, the “Oslo” advancements will be delivered through Microsoft server and tools products in five key areas:
Server. Microsoft BizTalk Server “6” will continue to provide a core foundation for distributed and highly scalable SOA and BPM solutions, and deliver the capability to develop, manage and deploy composite applications.
Services. BizTalk Services “1” will offer a commercially supported release of Web-based services enabling hosted composite applications that cross organizational boundaries. This release will include advanced messaging, identity and workflow capabilities.
Framework. The Microsoft .NET Framework “4” release will further enable model-driven development with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF).
Tools. New technology planned for Visual Studio “10” will make significant strides in end-to-end application life-cycle management through new tools for model-driven design of distributed applications.
Repository. There will also be investments in aligning the metadata repositories across the Server and Tools product sets. Microsoft System Center “5,” Visual Studio “10” and BizTalk Server “6” will utilize a repository technology for managing, versioning and deploying models.
For more news 'click over' to my colleague Charles Young's blog - Microsoft 'Oslo' - the vNext SOA Platform