BizTalk 2006 R2 public beta is now available for public download. Below is additional information on obtaining it, as well as a roundup of additional new features by Steven Martin, Director of Product Management.
To access R2 Public Beta, please follow these instructions:
Steven Martin, Director of Product Management for BizTalk and the Connected Systems Division, blogged about this in his blog located at http://blogs.msdn.com/stevemar:
"Today marks an important milestone for BizTalk Server customers and the BizTalk team – the release of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta 2. As you know, the product team has a great history of getting products out the door and this yet another example of the priority placed on making sure our customers feel great about their SA value. We would encourage everyone to explore the latest release at http://connect.microsoft.com/ which will be available beginning Monday.
BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will be 5th major release of BizTalk Server. This is another huge step forward for our 6,500+ customers globally and will add new capabilities for customers that need EDI and RFID. While there are numerous improvements to BizTalk, this release has three major themes:
A big thanks goes out to the BizTalk Insiders, MVPs, Council members and everyone that has provided valuable advice and feedback during the development process!"