In September, we provided a few more details on BizTalk Server 2009 features and release timing.  Today we’re excited to report that we’re continuing to make progress toward a full release in the first half of 2009, and have additional news to share.


The first public beta of BizTalk Server 2009 is now available here.   This is a feature complete release, and we encourage our customers and partners to begin testing and exploring today. We’ll also continue to tune the code base, focused on performance, reliability, etc.  Final release is on track for the first half of 2009, and as we stated earlier this year, we’ll release an update to BizTalk every two years going forward. We’re really excited to be able to give customers a tremendous amount of additional value for their existing investments, and to continue to make BizTalk Server an affordable investment.


The second piece of our news relates to RFID Mobile, and today, we are proud to announce that BizTalk RFID Mobile is now generally available.  Customers currently using BizTalk Server 2006 R2 who have purchased Software Assurance will receive BizTalk RFID mobile as part of their licensing agreement. We are so glad to be able to provide customers with even more value for their existing investments- this is simply an extension of RFID platform out to the mobile edge.


We hope that BizTalk Server 2009 Beta and RFID Mobile will enhanced productivity, platform alignment, and enterprise connectivity to users.  We encourage you all to try out the beta and send us your feedback; we’d love your feedback on how to continue to improve BizTalk Server to meet your needs.


Best Regards,

Marjan Kalantar