Today is a very exciting day for the Commerce Server team -- at about 5:15pm they announced availability of CS07 RC1 bits. I'm personally excited to have CS responsibility on my team and begin deeper engagements with enterprise e-commerce. The CS07 release is monumental -- read about all the details on Ryan Donovan's (PUM of CS) blog post.
Today’s Release Candidate marks the most revolutionary release of e-commerce technology in Microsoft’s history. It represents the culmination of several years of engineering efforts, highlighted by:
• Pervasive Services Oriented Architecture via ASP.NET 2.0 Web Services• Integrated Application Integration (via BizTalk Server 2006 Adapters) for Line-of-Business & B2B Trading Partner Interoperability• World-class flexibility with Catalogs – there isn’t much you can’t model anymore including difficult aggregation and seasonal merchandizing scenarios• Integrated, Transactional Staging/Deployment• Extraordinary performance – we can run a simulated Top 10 Retail+ peak e-commerce volume on 4 Web/2 low-end SQL servers • Full integration with ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005• The best implementation of e-commerce basics (Catalogs, Inventory, Marketing, & Orders + reporting capabilities) to-date
Download the bits on http://connect.microsoft.com/.Details at: http://blogs.msdn.com/rdonovan/archive/2006/05/19/602259.aspx