Microsoft Ships BizTalk Preview

SAN MATEO (04/11/2000) - Microsoft Corp. today released a "technology preview" of its XML-embracing BizTalk Server 2000, a key piece of its Internet business-to-business strategy.

Despite the release's prebeta status, a Microsoft spokesman insisted that the BizTalk Server 2000 technology preview is sound enough to be deployed immediately. He pointed to Dell Computer Corp., which has implemented the technology preview on its Dellware partner-marketing site.

BizTalk -- which has drawn fire from Microsoft rivals, who contend the architecture is too proprietary an approach to XML (extensible markup language) implementation -- is an integral part of Microsoft's Windows 2000 DNA architecture.

"The BizTalk Server 2000 technology preview shows a comprehensive and accessible solution for doing Internet application integration inside the organization and with trading partners anywhere in the world across the Internet," said Tod Nielsen, marketing vice president of Microsoft's Platform Group, in a statement.

Microsoft officials said BizTalk Server 2000 will support delivery and rules-based routing of several document types and can deliver them via a host of transports. Security features include encryption, digital signatures, and PKI (public key infrastructure).

Microsoft has posted the BizTalk Server 2000 technology preview for free download at http://www.microsoft.com/biztalkserver. Company officials said that the final version of the product will ship later this year.

Microsoft Corp., in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at http://www.microsoft.com/.

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