Microsoft has confirmed that Biztalk Server 2000, its e-commerce platform, will not ship until the first quarter of next year.
The server software, which controls the exchange of e-business documents, was originally due to ship in 1999 but ran into problems and Microsoft set a shipping target of summer 2000. However, in July, the company conceded that Biztalk could be the last component of its Distributed Internet Architecture (DNA) development tools to hit the market and admitted that it was at risk of not shipping this year.
A Microsoft spokeswoman told Computer Weekly, "We still intend to start manufacturing this year, but customers can expect it [Biztalk Server 2000] after Christmas. It is a fairly complex product and we want to get it right for the customers."
Ovum analyst Christine Axton said, "Microsoft has been constantly slated for releasing products before they are ready, which effectively meant users were treated as testers.
"It has made a decision to have all products beta tested by closed clients and to not release products until it is as sure as it can be that nothing is wrong."