Posted in BizTalk

What is BizTalk Server?

BizTalk is a technology and set of rich powerful tools that enables an enterprise to integrate their business processes (multiple software applications) and automate business processes data exchange between multiple software applications on multiple premises.
Microsoft BizTalk Server unites enterprise application integration (EAI) and business-to-business (B2B) integration. Use them to address all of your integration challenges from the enterprise to the Internet.

BizTalk Server provides a powerful Web-based development and execution environment that integrates loosely coupled, long-running business processes, both within and between businesses. It handles transactions that run as long as weeks or months, not just minutes or hours. Features include the ability to design and use XLANG schedules, integrate existing applications, define document specifications and specification transformations, and monitor and log run-time activity.

BizTalk Server provides a standard gateway for sending and receiving documents across the Internet, as well as providing a range of services that ensure data integrity, delivery, security, and support for the BizTalk Framework and other key document formats.

Integrate the enterprise and the cloud with BizTalk Server, Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services, Service Bus, and Host Integration Server.

More information on Wikipedia

More on BizTalk server and related stuff in coming posts.

Posted in .Net Basics, Microsoft

Microsoft launced Outlook.com – Future of Hotmail

Microsoft has introduced Outlook.com as a new email services which will replace old Hotmail !!

With Hotmail no longer the ‘hottest’ email service in the town, Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new web mail service, to take on Google’s extremely popular Gmail. The new email service comes with “virtually unlimited” storage and integrates Skype, the popular video chat service that Microsoft bought last year.

Like other email services, Outlook.com too will serve advertisements to their users. Though Microsoft is saying there would not be display advertisements based on email content. They will not scan content of email of attachments. Hope for the add free interface.

Outlook is the name of the native email client that Microsoft has bundled with Office suit for years. Microsoft claims that Outlook is world’s most used desktop email client.

All current users of Hotmail can log in to Outlook.com using their existing Ids, not sure though for how long Hotmail would be available.

Outlook.com has been designed using Microsoft’s Metro users interface. “The fresh, clean user interface gets the clutter out of a user’s way. It looks very neat and clean.

Meet Outlook.com Preview here.

All the existing users of Hotmail enjoy the new interface.. I would post some more details after exploring this.