On October 30th we announced Oslo. This is a very positive statement of commitment and direction for companies that have identified SOA and BPM as a critical element of their future.
Oslo is not one product, it is a set of products across a number of releases. You can think of it as a “quest” to make distributed applications easier to design, develop, deploy, manage, maintain and monitor through a vision of bringing together model driven approaches with service orientation.
Technologies like WF and WCF will be enhanced in a future release of .NET Framework (beyond 3.5) and we hope/expect to see some early drops in CY08 – however we are not yet sharing specifics. The major vehicle for Oslo will be the next release of Biztalk known currently as Biztalk v6 - likely in 2009. This release will run on top of the new versions of WCF and WF. In addition products such as Visual Studio and System Center will also be enhanced to support the vision of Oslo. If we get this right, we will significantly reduce the engineering cost of building a SOA.
My US colleagues expand on it a little more - and have copied the summary here for simplicity:
There are five primary areas of investment targeted by “Oslo” development efforts: