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Microsoft has announced the availability of BizTalk Server 2009 beta at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit in Las Vegas on December 8th.  Key areas of enhancements in this release include:

Improved SOA & Web Services

·         New UDDI v3 Web Services Registry

·         New and enhanced LOB adapters (Oracle EBS, SQL)

·         Enhanced host systems integration (MQ, CICS, IMS, CICS)

·         Enhanced BAM support

·         ESB Guidance 2.0 delivers updated prescriptive guidance

Business To Business Integration

·         New Mobile RFID Platform

·         New RFID device management and industry standards support

·         Enhanced Support for EDI and AS2 Protocols and Drummond certification

·         Updated SWIFT Support and SWIFTReady Financial EAI Gold certification

Developer & Team Productivity

·         New Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) support

·         Support for TFS - integrated source control, bug tracking, MSBuild automation

·         Enhanced Developer Productivity

·         Visual Studio project system updates

Updated Platform Support

·         Support for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1

·         Take advantages of the latest developer tools

·         Support for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008

·         Hyper-V support

·         Increased performance & scale

 

For More information, check out the official announcement here. 

 

The Beta can be downloaded here.