Microsoft has announced the next major version of BizTalk - BizTalk Server 2009.
Planned to be released 'H1 CY09', the new version, previously referred to in some circles as BizTalk "R3", adds support for the latest Microsoft stack - Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, .net framework 3.5 and TFS 2008 - including automated builds and continuous integration as well as virtualisation using Hyper-V.
There are also further investments in B2B (EDI, SWIFT), RFID, enhanced LOB adapters and support for UDDI 3.0
Next CTP is planned for sometime in the last quarter of this year, while previously Microsoft announced that BizTalk '6' will be part of the 'Oslo' wave this version released ahead of 'Oslo', which is great news for all of us longing to move to the latest platform with BizTalk Server.
See the announcement here