Introducing Windows Workflow Foundation (and you thought you wouldn't have to learn BizTalk)

If you're not using BizTalk today in your applications, probably the #1 reason is that you can't afford it. “It's overkill” is probably a big reason as well, but I consider that a variation. Seriously, how many applications do you write that don't have some component of workflow? Maybe you don't, but if it was baked into the framework, and you didn't have to install (and pay for) a workflow engine, maybe you'd take advantage of it - no?

Windows Workflow Foundation, a new component of WinFx was announced today. Lots of great resources here. Including overviews, labs, and even an MSDN VirtualLab so you can play with this stuff without having to install it. Also keep tabs on the blogs of Scott WoodgatePaul Andrew, and of course our own Matt Meleski

You can download the beta 1 of the extension for Visual Studio 2005. Don't get too carried away yet - it's not going to be released with 2005, it will be released in the second half of 2006 (likely along with the rest of the WinFx bits).