Steven Martin posted on his blog that the next version of BizTalk Server will be BizTalk 2006 R3. You can get more info from his blog. But it doesn’t seem like the BizTalk vNext that people talk about with integration of Windows Workflow Foundation. That could just maybe happen in Oslo timeframe?
Today the MSE team did a Tech Preview to fellow developers on Visual Studio 2008 which actually available for MSDN subscribers late last year and is available for sales now.
My session is about Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) 2008 and a lot of productivity enhancements have been put inside the package in this current version. They include but not limited to:
Better UI Development on Office UI
Form Regions in Outlook
Custom Task Pane
Custom Ribbon for Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
No relearn, leverage on Windows Form Development skill
Windows Form able to host WPF app and extends this capability via Custom Task Pane
SharePoint Workflow development
No more manual writing of workflow.xml, feature.xml (both are SharePoint feature config files) and deployment script
Streamline development process from 15 steps to 3 steps in VSTO 2008
Word Content Control data binding with VSTO addin
Bringing unstructured data from Word documents to a structured world
Able to attach custom XML such as RosettaNet or UNeDoc which as industry based XML schema to Word data.
Easy deployment of VSTO – Office Addin via Click Once
No more reliant on CASPOL
Transparent to end users
I demo a cool VSTO addin for Word 2007 hosting a WPF user control with colossal effect and acting as a client to a WCF services at the back end. The data access is done using LINQ for XML. After that I will publish
It is based on an article in MSDN Dec 2007 issue but the source codes there is not working for RTM version of VS 2008. Many thanks for fellow MS staff Andrew Whitechapel for making it work for VS2008 RTM.
People have been asking me about ideas to host WFÂ outside of Sharepoint and IIS, maybe its because for security purposes and infrastructure constrant, so this is one fine example how WF found its way to Windows Services.
People who is currently using otherÂ or develop their ownÂ workflow engine will be curious on howÂ Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) fair in performance test. This white paper the performance of WF under different workflow instance scenario.