Mike Walker of Microsoft writes:
On Tuesday at the SOA & BP Conference (http://www.mssoaandbpconference.com/), we are announcing the availability of the V6.2 CTP of the Managed Services Engine (MSE). This release (http://www.codeplex.com/servicesengine) is the culmination of three years of working with customers to address the challenges of real world SOA, collaboration with P&P, CSD, and EPG, and a lot of sweat and passion from some of the brightest architects and consultants in the field. At the same time, this is just the beginning of the public roadmap for the MSE. The name might change, key contributors may continue to come and go, the customer base will expand, and the learnings will continue to be realized, but we are just scratching the surface on the applications of service virtualization through metadata to enable a higher level of agility for organizations.
The Managed Services Engine is described as:
The Managed Services Engine (MSE) is one approach to facilitating Enterprise SOA through service virtualization. Built upon the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and the Microsoft Server Platform, the MSE was developed by Microsoft Services as we helped customers address the challenges of SOA in the enterprise.
The MSE fully enables service virtualization through a Service Repository, which helps organizations deploy services faster, coordinate change management, and maximize the reuse of various service elements. In doing so, the MSE provides the ability to support versioning, abstraction, management, routing, and runtime policy enforcement for Services.