REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 2, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the acquisition of eight .NET-based application adapters from iWay Software to be made available by Microsoft in early 2006. This acquisition reflects Microsoft’s commitment to BizTalk® Server by providing customers with a single architecture, customer support and licensing process. In addition to the adapters in Microsoft’s newly expanded portfolio, iWay and other industry partners will continue to deliver additional adapters that address the needs of enterprise customers.
“We’re committed to making Microsoft® BizTalk Server the most complete offering for our customers. Part of that commitment is providing adapters for the most commonly used line-of-business applications and technologies,” said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Business Process and Integration Division at Microsoft. “Our existing adapter partners will continue to be a critical part of our strategy to provide total connectivity in complex IT environments.”
The adapters Microsoft purchased will help BizTalk Server customers connect more easily to third-party applications from Amdocs, JD Edwards, Oracle Corp., PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems Inc. and TIBCO Software Inc. iWay customers that have purchased licenses for the .NET-based adapters will receive a license for the corresponding Microsoft adapter with the purchase of Software Assurance.
“We look forward to continuing our work with Microsoft,” said John Senor, president of iWay Software. “The tremendous sales growth of BizTalk Server and the critical role it plays in customer enterprise architecture highlights the need for the broad spectrum of adapters that partners provide.”
Microsoft will continue to support iWay and other partners that provide adapters which connect to more than 250 applications and technologies.
BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1
Microsoft also announced that BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1 is now available from Microsoft Beta Place. The beta is supported by BizTalk Server newsgroups, and customers are encouraged to download it from http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/bts2006beta.mspx and provide feedback. More information about BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1 can be found online at http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk.
BizTalk Server 2006 Availability
As announced in Orlando, Fla., at Tech•Ed 2005, BizTalk Server 2006 is scheduled to be launched this November in conjunction with Microsoft SQL Server™ 2005 and Visual Studio® 2005 to help customers and partners get up to speed quickly on all three products. The launch demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to delivering the next-generation platform for connected systems to advance business decision-making through greater insight, visibility and alignment across software development and business processes. BizTalk Server 2006’s release to manufacturing is targeted for the first quarter of 2006.
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