(Yes, Microsoft still hasn't said when Windows 8 -- client or server -- will be released, so this doesn't pin things down a whole lot. But many company watchers think Windows 8 will be released to manufacturing in the summer/fall 2012 timeframe.)
The next release of BizTalk Server, which is Microsoft enterprise integration server, is officially known (as of today) as BizTalk Server 2010 R2. The coming release will support Windows Server 8 and SQL Server 2012 (which is due to launch in the early part of 2012). It also will integrate with "Visual Studio 11" (aka Visual Studio 2012).
• Platform Support – Supporting new and current server and development platforms
• Improved B2B – Aligning with industry standards and continuing to invest in performance improvements
• Ready for the Cloud – Enabling customers to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing
According to Microsoft, there are more than 10,000 BizTalk Server enterprise customers, using the product to integrate Microsoft’s business processes with those from other vendors including IBM, Oracle, Siebel, SAP, JD Edwards, etc.