Commerce Server Product Group is pleased to announce Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 RC, the near-complete final pre-release of the next version of Commerce Server, is now available for download on Connect.

Commerce Server 2009 RC delivers the ability to increase your business reach by making it possible to sell via multiple channels by using an out-of-the-box shopping site, SharePoint® Commerce Services, and the Multi-Channel Commerce Foundation. The new out-of-the-box shopping site leverages SharePoint Commerce Services, which provides a gallery of ASP.NET 3.5 Web Parts and controls, a comprehensive e-commerce shopping feature-set, and technology integration between Commerce Server and SharePoint technologies. The Multi-Channel Commerce Foundation provides a new unified, extensible run-time programming model for Commerce Server, including new run-time e-commerce capabilities.
 
To download the Release Candidate ISO, go to the Download Center.
 
To download the Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 RC Installation Guide and the Commerce Server 2009 RC Readme, click this link.  Note: Before you install the final pre-release of Commerce Server 2009, you must install the prerequisite software which includes the installation of Commerce Server 2007. Also, you must register with the Microsoft Connect site before you can download the latest readme, additional documentation, or samples. Register on the Microsoft Connect site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=129508 ) with your Windows Live ID account.
 
Feedback
Please use the Connect feedback system to provide feedback about the RC.
 
Thank you,
The Commerce Server Product Unit