Here we are, the new version of BizTalk 2013 R2 is available on MSDN, what’s the considerations and important points.
A lot of important improvements inside, I think that some of them are about the communication layer, I mean about accelerators and adapters.
At the moment we need more options to solve hybrid integration issue, for this reason Microsoft released new interest update on SB messaging adapter.
Another good point of interest and upgrade, for one of the most used accelerator in these last two years, after the EDI, the HL7 Accelerator.
About the option to extend our Convention Over Configuration in our ESB solutions, Microsoft released new updates in WCF-Web-Http Adapter, other interesting upgrade for SFTP adapter.
About the licensing, there are some sounds around the Developer Edition licensing , no any particular news, as I know the Developer Edition licensing will be the same of the previous.
All MVP community and Microsoft too are posting a lot of interest articles about this new release, some of the most detailed and interested articles to read are:
By BizTalk Team Blog
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 – Generally Available Now!