Today marked the official launch of Biztalk Server 2006, SQL Server 2005, and Visual Studios 2005.

On top of getting free version of SQL 2005 and Visual Studios 2005 at the launch event, Microsoft has posted a new Biztalk 2006 version to Beta Place.

The new version is the CTP Build with the Beta 2 release to hopefully follow later on.

From what I hear, the CTP build includes the new Line of Business (LOB) adapters.

A few points:

– This release works on the RTM of SQL 2005 and Visual Studios 2005

– I was not able to find the CAB file included with the download. So, internet access might be required to download it.

– I needed to restart the computer after the CAB download. I selected “I’ll restart later” but I do not think the installer liked that choice. I had to re-download the CAB file again after I rebooted.