Last week, Microsoft announced Oslo - which is, to put it briefly, the project name for the series of SOA-enabling products and functionalities Microsoft is or will be offering in the near future. At the time, I offered a roundup of news articles, mixed with some commentary, on Oslo but warned more would doubtless follow.
Even when I wrote about it, I thought the offerings were a bit muddled - but that happens whenever companies make major announcements with 1,000 people in the audience.
This week, InformationWeek offers a more studied look at Oslo. If you're unsure about how Oslo will fit in with your SOA strategy, I recommend reading this short article.
The piece notes that some critics are claiming Microsoft is just rehashing its Dynamic IT strategy. But a more pertinent criticism - at least if you want to capitalize on the Oslo offerings - is that Microsoft is still a year or two off from actually being able to offer some of the functionalities Oslo promises. That's something to be mindful of while planning your SOA.
Another piece of important information I hadn't seen in its entirety anywhere else: a list of Microsoft products you'll need to upgrade for Oslo. You'll find this brief list in the "Oslo at a Glance" sidebar on page two.