Following on from BizTalk Server 2006 R2 released on October 2, 2007,Microsoft has been working on BizTalk Server 2006 R3. In a recent announcement Microsoft renamed it to simply BizTalk Server 2009. It is scheduled to be released in the first half of next year. A first community technology preview (CTP) has already been sent out to select BizTalk customers, and a second public CTP will be available later this year at PDC.
Oliver Sharp, general manager of BizTalk Server, stated that BizTalk Server 2009 will be a full release of the product that takes advantage of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, and .NET Framework 3.5:
In particular the platform updates enable greater scalability and reliability, new Hyper-V virtualization support, and many advances in the latest developer tools. BizTalk Server 2009 also delivers some of the top features that have been requested by our customers, including a new UDDI v3-compliant services registry, new and enhanced LOB adapters (Oracle E-Business Suite, SQL Server), enhanced host systems integration (updates to MQ, CICS, IMS, CICS), a new Mobile RFID platform and management tools, enhanced B2B capabilities (updates to EDI, AS2, SWIFT), enhanced developer and team productivity through ALM integration with Team Foundation System and Visual Studio, and a new release of ESB Guidance 2.0 patterns and practices.
Sharp also stated that the customer base for BizTalk has doubled over the past four years and laid out Microsoft's goal for BizTalk Server releases: approximately two years apart, with service packs in between. Every full BizTalk Server release will integrate the previous major release with the latest service pack and new functionality. Microsoft has now posted a roadmap for BizTalk for now and the future.