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REDMOND, Wash.—As part of its ongoing strategy to deliver more service-oriented architecture enabling technology and guidance to its customers, Microsoft and some of its partners have announced new SOA offerings.

For its part, Microsoft released the first public CTP (Community Technology Preview) of its MSE (Microsoft Managed Services Engine) to its CodePlex community development site. A company official announced the release at the Microsoft SOA and business process conference here on Oct. 30.

According to a Microsoft overview describing MSE, it enables service virtualization through a service repository, which helps organizations deploy services faster, coordinate change management, and maximize the reuse of various service elements.

“In doing so, the MSE provides the ability to support versioning, abstraction, management, routing, and runtime policy enforcement for services,” the overview said.

Burley Kawasaki, director of the Microsoft Connected Systems Division, said the MSE is one approach to facilitating Enterprise SOA through service virtualization. MSE is built on top of Microsoft’s Windows Communication Foundation and the Microsoft Server Platform. The Microsoft Services group built the technology to help customers address the challenges of SOA in the enterprise, he said.

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