The beta release of BizTalk Server 2009 is now available. This is the first customer gives you the first look of the feature-complete download. BizTalk Server 2009 supports the latest Microsoft application platform technologies, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. BizTalk Server 2009 also delivers expanded new connectivity options including new integration with Oracle Corp.’s E-Business Suite, as well as updated platform support for the most recent versions of IBM Corp.’s Customer Information Control System (CICS), Information Management System (IMS), DB2, DB2/400, DB2 Universal Database and WebSphere MQ. You can download the BizTalk Server 2009 Beta.

BizTalk Server 2009 also delivers improved scalability and reliability through support for SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and enhanced failover clustering. It provides significant new enhancements to both individual and team productivity by enabling new interoperability with Microsoft’s application life-cycle management (ALM) solution: Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. This allows development teams to utilize the integrated source control, bug tracking, team development support, Project Server integration, and support for automating builds via MSBuild for a more seamless development and testing experience.

BizTalk RFID

BizTalk RFID Mobile is now available. It extends the power of BizTalk Server RFID to mobile devices running Windows Mobile and Windows CE. You receive Biztalk RFID Mobile as part of the software license.

SOA and Business Process Conference

Learn more at the annual SOA and Business Process conference. At the two-day conference, January 28-29, 2009 on the Microsoft Redmond, WA campus, you will hear how customers and partners are achieving significant business results today with a Real World SOA approach along with deep technical discussions regarding Microsoft’s SOA strategy. In addition, you will hear from Microsoft executives, Microsoft product and business groups and Gartner analyst Nick Gall. Registration is $499.