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Covastís Advanced B2B Capabilities to be Delivered in Microsoft BizTalk Server
Covast technology to become available with the debut of R3 and the Advanced B2B Pack

Rotterdam, The Netherlands - July 9, 2008 - Covast today announced that its advanced B2B technology recently acquired by Microsoft Corp. will be delivered with the forthcoming release of BizTalk Server 2006 R3 and the Advanced B2B Pack. The advanced B2B capabilities provided in this pack include expanded support of vertical industry standards, advanced B2B metadata management, advanced B2B transports and a B2B operations monitor.

Current customers using BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and Covast's B2B solutions will have several migration options to BizTalk Server 2006 R3. These new capabilities in R3 and the Advanced B2B Pack will extend the mainstream B2B capabilities already in BizTalk Server 2006 R2. Covast clients who are not using BizTalk Server 2006 R2 have the option to remain on their Covast maintenance and support agreements until the Advanced B2B Pack is released. At that time, these organizations will have access to Covast's full suite of advanced B2B capabilities by licensing BizTalk Server 2006 R3.

Steven Martin, director of product management for the Connected Systems Division at Microsoft, comments: "Our goal is to make it easier for Microsoft's customers to connect to their customers and trading partners. The acquisition of Covast's technology is an important investment that expands our B2B portfolio by addressing additional complex B2B scenarios."

Highlights of the capabilities afforded by Covast's technology in Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R3 and the Advanced B2B Pack will include:

  • New standards for specific retail segments such as warehousing, grocery, energy, automotive and air freight;

  • B2B metadata management for EDI 'super' interchanges, greater compatibility with SQL Server repository/Visual Studio (EDI Explorer) and new reporting capabilities;

  • Advanced B2B transports including new file adapters and transports and VAN connectivity;

  • B2B operations monitor that enables role-based viewing, end-to-end tracking/tracing and automatic archiving.

Daan Scheer, CEO of Covast, adds: "Whether you're on R2 or waiting for R3, Microsoft BizTalk Server customers will soon have access to a new set of advanced B2B capabilities. This is very important to those companies that operate in highly-complex B2B environments. Instead of piecing together different B2B software, their needs will be met by a single solution."

For more information on Covast's advanced B2B capabilities, please visit www.covast.com.

About Covast
Covast, a leading provider of business-to-business integration solutions, is revolutionizing supply chain integration through the world's first B2B integration appliance - the Covast BBot. Requiring only a local area network with internet connection, BBot automatically enables integration between the complex B2B systems of large supply chain hubs and their smaller customers and suppliers. The result is improved visibility, compliance, efficiency and accuracy for every supply chain. Covast is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Covast maintains its European headquarters in the Netherlands and its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta. For more information, visit http://www.covast.com.

Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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