I apologize for being such an infrequent blogger lately but it's been a very busy spring and I'm just now getting caught up on all my projects. To get things rolling again, here's some e-commerce related stuff that's been happening around the net.

Max Akbar leaves Microsoft and forms new Commerce Server training company!

Max decided to leave Microsoft and head back to sunny California to be closer to friends and family. Max has been an important part of the Commerce Server team for many years, serving as a Program Manager and Senior Product Manager. I've known Max for several years now and he is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced Commerce Server guys around. Contact Max via his new web site (http://commerceservertraining.com) for an excellent Commerce Server trainer and consultant!


Wade Wegner is writing the definitive guide to Commerce Server 2007!

Wade Wegner is hard at work on his new book Professional Commerce Server 2007 to be published by Wrox sometime in late 2007 or early 2008. I can't wait to give it a full read! You should also check out Wade's blog.


Commerce Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Released!

The Commerce Server team has released the first service pack for Commerce Server 2007 which includes support for Windows Vista and some urgently needed bug fixes. You can read all about it on the team's blog. Wade has also posted a complete setup walk-through and configuration walk-through that you should read before installing the service pack on any of your development or production servers.


BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and Commerce Server 2007 Work Great Together!

I've been using the Commerce Server 2007 BizTalk Adapters on BizTalk Server 2006 R2 for a few months now and they work just fine together! The BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta release is really a feature release and everything I've developed for BizTalk Server 2006 works just great on R2, especially my Commerce Server related applications.