Today in Steven Martin's blog, we announced our plans to deliver BizTalk Server 2006 R3 to take advantage of the latest versions of 08 wave of products (Windows Server 2008, .Net framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008).  This will enable us to continue to take advantage of the improvements in our latest platform releases.  Furthermore, we will include additional investments in this release to deliver customer-requested capabilities in the following areas:

·         New web service registry capabilities with support for UDDI version 3.0

·         Service enablement of applications (through new and enhanced adapters for LOB applications, databases, and legacy/host systems)

·         Service enablement of "edge" devices through BizTalk RFID Mobile

·         Enhanced interoperability and connectivity support for industry protocols (such as SWIFT and EDI)

·         SOA patterns and practices guidance


We have also launched the BizTalk Server 2006 R3 TAP program.  If you have any customers that would be interested in this program, please visit our Connect site to sign-up.


TAP Sign-up Instructions:


·                      Please log on to Connect

·                      Under Categories select Server

·                      Look for BizTalk TAP Programs and select the "apply" link next to BizTalk Server 2006 R3

·                      Download and complete the BizTalk Server 2006 R3 TAP Nomination form and click the select button



Marjan Kalantar