The Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 code name “R2” August Community Technology Preview (CTP) is now available on the Download Center.
 
We invite you to install this pre-release of the next version of Commerce Server 2009 “R2” into a non-production environment to learn how Commerce Server 2009 “R2” provides an improved business management experience, enhanced cross-channel enablement with 3-tier development and deployment support, and a more streamlined deployment experience.

The August CTP release includes the following new features:
• Multi-tier development support
• Business Administration Ribbon
• Integrated template pack
• Configuration wizard
 
The Commerce Server 2009 code name “R2” readme file and the Installation and Configuration Guide, can also be found on the Download CenterNote: Given the pre-release nature of this release, not all functionality is currently available. The release is for evaluation purposes only and is not intended to be used in a production environment.  The August CTP will not function after March 31, 2010.