Announcing BizTalk Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 1!

We are excited to release our first Community Technology Preview (CTP1) for BizTalk Server 2016 today.

Businesses are always looking for ways to deliver services faster to market, leading to an era of rapid application growth. Therefore, it is essential that data flows seamlessly between these applications. BizTalk Server 2016 CTP1 enables integration with mission critical applications with increased agility, availability and cloud connectivity.

This release focuses on a number of important improvements including:

Support for SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn Availability Groups makes production high availability (HA) workloads in Azure a reality

Support for our newest platforms such as Windows Server 2016, Office 2016, Visual Studio 2015 enabling seamless integration across Microsoft applications.

A full list of what's new is available here. Make sure to follow this blog as we'll be posting details on each of the new features and how to use them in the coming days. With CTP1 we will also be publishing a new gallery image for BizTalk Server in Azure as well as guidance on configuring AlwaysOn in your environment.

We're also excited to announce that Host Integration Server 2016 CTP1 will also be available today. The new and improved tools will provide better connectivity by integrating mission-critical host applications, data sources, messaging, and security systems. Be sure to read the HIS 2016 CTP1 release notes for more information on the new and improved technologies and tools.

Check out the full list of what's new in HIS 2016 CTP1 here.

We invite you to participate in our pre-release customer engagement program to connect directly with developers and product management to help us make our products the best they can be and assist in ensuring they meet your needs.

We are making this program accessible via Microsoft Connect. If you are already registered on Microsoft Connect, make sure to sign in with your existing registered Windows Live ID account using the link below. If you are not registered yet you will be prompted to do so.

In some cases, your status could be set to Pending in which case the product team will contact you only if you are chosen for participation.  To report a problem, visit the help page.

All feedback on the pre-release products should be sent via email to

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!