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November 7, 2005

“Ready Rock Launch” Roundup

Posted by David Hunter at 6:28 PM ET.

As anticipated, today’s big launch went off as scheduled – Microsoft Joins Customers and Partners to Launch SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006:

Microsoft customers and partners gathered today to show their support for the launch of Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 and Visual Studio® 2005 and the upcoming release of BizTalk® Server 2006. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer kicked off the event by highlighting the tens of thousands of customers and partners that played a major role in the product development process, providing ongoing input to deliver the next evolution in Microsoft’s application platform.

The advancements Microsoft is delivering with Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 build on the foundation put in place over the last several years with significant investments in Windows Server™ 2003 and Microsoft .NET, providing developers and IT professionals with a dependable application platform that has underlying support for Web services and service orientation capabilities. The deeper integration of the server and tools with today’s releases enables a host of innovative scenarios and range of new capabilities:

• Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 enable developers and development teams to build high-performance, security-enhanced and reliable solutions using an enterprise-ready development platform. Visual Studio 2005 features an expanded set of tools including Visual Studio Team System, an extensible life-cycle tools platform that enables collaboration among software development teams to deliver modern service-oriented solutions.

Hit the VS 2005 home page for version details, features, and launch tour events. (.NET Framework 2.0 info is here.) The Visual Studio Express Editions are available for download free for 1 year. Finally, although it did not get any press release ink, Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 3.0 also shipped and is available for download.

• Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides an integrated data management and analysis platform that helps organizations reliably manage mission-critical information and confidently run complex business applications. With embedded reporting and data analysis tools included with SQL Server 2005, companies can gain greater insight from their business information.

The SQL Server home page has more and the free (forever) SQL Server Express Edition is also available for download.

• BizTalk Server 2006 delivers new features that enable enterprises to better monitor, manage and deploy their mission-critical business processes.

BizTalk Server 2006 is, of course, not ready to ship, but a new CTP was released, a full beta is expected before the end of the year and the product itself in 1H2006.

In addition, Microsoft announced that it will include 16 new integration adapters in BizTalk Server 2006 Enterprise and Standard editions at no additional charge to customers. The move gives customers native interoperability to industry-leading business applications such as PeopleSoft, Siebel, Oracle Database Connector and Oracle Application Suite.

This policy for the BizTalk adapters rated it’s own press release:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will include 16 new application and technology adapters in the Enterprise and Standard editions of BizTalk® Server 2006 at no additional charge, including adapters for Oracle Corp., PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems Inc. This announcement marks a significant break from the industry norm of charging additional license fees for application and technology adapters, and offers customers a simple and cost-effective way to reduce the complexity of purchasing, building and implementing application integration and business process automation solutions. Separately, Microsoft announced pricing, licensing and product timelines for BizTalk Server 2006.

More details by following the link.

So what does it all mean besides the release of the latest versions of 2 major Microsoft products and a wannabee? Joe Wilcox says it’s all about integration of the products:

The three products launched today are the first wave of a tide of tightly, integrated products. There is simply no way to overstate how tightly Microsoft has integrated features among its late 2005-2006 software releases. While some Microsoft executives have said that Microsoft bet the company on Longhorn (now called Windows Vista), the real bet is on “Integrated Innovation.”

(See also the press materials [1], [2]) He goes on to discuss the pros and cons of this integration for customers, but I tend to think of the dependency problems for the Microsoft developers – you can’t ship one of the products until all of the prerequisite products are ready and getting them to line up always seems to mean “later” or loss of features and we’ve seen both in this package.

Update:Video of the launch event.

Filed under .NET 2.0, Beta and CTP, BizTalk, SQL Server, Servers, Team System, Technologies, Tools, VS 2005, WSE

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6 Responses to ““Ready Rock Launch” Roundup”

  1. Cool Tech Reviews » Blog Archive » Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions free for a year Says:

    [...] Yesterday, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 and they are providing free Express Versions without all the bells and whistles, apparently as an attractant for the “hobbyist, novice, and student developer.” [...]

  2. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » Somasegar lays out roadmap for Visual Studio Says:

    [...] Now that Visual Studio 2005 has been launched, there has been a good deal of buzz in recent days about what’s next for Visual Studio ([1], [2]). S. “Soma” Somsegar (Microsoft Corporate VP, Developer Division) provides a roadmap in a lengthy post on his weblog. Hit the link for the full details, but to net it out: [...]

  3. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2 released Says:

    [...] It had been promised before the end of the year which usually means December, but the team got it done early. Steve Masters: It is my great pleasure to announce that BizTalk 2006 Beta 2 has been signed off and is available for download at Along with this release we are also making available the beta versions of the recently announced Microsoft Line of Business Adapters for Siebel, Oracle, PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards, and Tibco. This release marks a significant milestone in the BizTalk 2006 product schedule. [...]

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    [...] BizTalk Server 2006 was “launched” last year with a promise that it would ship in 1H2006 and today was the day: LONDON — March 27, 2006 — Following on the global launch of Visual Studio® 2005, SQL Server™ 2005 and BizTalk® Server 2006 in November, Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft® BizTalk Server 2006, Microsoft’s core business process management and application integration technology connecting employees, trading partners, processes and information. The release to manufacturing of BizTalk Server 2006 underscores Microsoft’s continued efforts to deliver extensive business process management capabilities as part of the overall Microsoft application platform. [...]

  5. First SQL Server 2005 service pack released -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] SQL Server 2005 was just launched last November, but Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released today. It’s less about buf fixes than added features though: SP1 delivers production-ready Database Mirroring functionality for continuous availability. This complements the existing Always On Technologies in SQL Server 2005 such as failover clustering, database snapshots, snapshot isolation and log shipping. Since launch, Database Mirroring has been extensively tested by Microsoft and its thriving customer community to help ensure that it provides the high availability necessary for the largest customer deployments. Today more than 20 SQL Server customers have deployed Database Mirroring into production. … SP1 extends business insight to smaller-scale customers and ISVs using the free SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, which includes SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) functionality, Full Text Search and the newly released SQL Server Management Studio Express. This optional set of capabilities is already receiving positive feedback from Microsoft’s ISV partners. … SP1 also advances dynamic applications with the new SQL Server Management Studio Express, a simplified graphical management environment for SQL Server Express Edition. … For end-to-end business insight, SP1 extends SSRS to support enterprise reporting on SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence with two new components in SP1: a Microsoft .NET Data provider for SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence and a new MDX Query Designer. This new functionality extends the benefits of enterprise reporting with SQL Server by enabling SAP customers to easily create and manage reports on information inside any SAP BW data warehouse. Filed under Coopetition, Servers, SQL Server, SAP, Microsoft Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

  6. Visual Studio Express Editions now forever free -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] When Visual Studio 2005 was launched, so were the “light duty” Visual Studio Express Editions which were made available free for one year as an enticement to their intended “Web hosting, hobbyist and enthusiast” market. Today, Microsoft took the logical next step and made them free permanently (press release), nominally based on requests from the rapidly growing community of users. Frankly, the original “free for one year plan” was so odd, one wonders if it wasn’t just a ploy to get early adoption. [...]

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