; More Support"> An event processes engine helps users to create business rules as well as manage events around RFID. As with much of its current products under development at Microsoft, BizTalk RFID will integrate with other Microsoft technologies.At the same time, R2 will have more support for Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vistaparticularly WinFX technologies Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation, which will allow developers to tap into existing processes and expose them as a Web service with WinFX. At the same time, Microsoft is launching a new adapter framework with R2 that sits on top of Windows Communication Framework and exposes a line of business connectivity to any .Net developer using WinFX. The idea with the adapter framework is to enable developers to build customized adapters to support interoperability between applications, according to Kawasaki. "Were putting in place a standard device layer that can work with a number of different vendors; we work with a large set of vendors in this space that support our hardware layer," said Kawasaki. "We also have a set of rules technologies that help process and filter events, and ultimately correlate back to a process." The R2 version of BizTalk Server 2006 has some additional capabilities that help users link events to processes (and processes to applications). Native support for EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and AS2 (the Internet version of EDI) will be added to help facilitate data sharing with partners and customers. Read more here about Microsofts investment in RFID. When asked whether Microsoft would look to its other technology platforms.Net or SQL Server, for exampleto launch additional RFID capabilities, Kawasaki said the company is still researching its options. "Were not announcing any specific packaging or licensing; at this point were releasing [RFID] with BizTalk Server," said Kawasaki. "There are ways we might package or think about this in the future. We do know we need to address unique scenarios with our partners, and were trying to get feedback on that. Were close to working out details later in the year." Early previews of the technology in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will be available to customers and partners that participate in Microsofts R2 TAP (technology adoption program). Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
A tight integration with Visual Studio, along with open APIs (application protocol interfaces), will help developers integrate RFID events with business applications.