Microsoft is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for participation in the “Dublin” Technology Adoption Program (TAP). “Dublin” rounds out the existing application server capabilities in Windows by providing additional features to help organizations manage and run Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) services built using .NET 4.
The TAP is a program designed for customers who have specific business needs to get early access to new technology and to drive their requirements into the current and future versions of the product. In return, TAP participants help Microsoft reach its quality bar across product, documentation and support services and help validate features and use cases in real world environments. Customers receive direct support by Microsoft and are able to deploy pre-release builds into production if needed.
TAP requires significant time and resource commitment, so all nominations are required to have a compelling business need, appropriate resources and executive support to join this program. Additionally, due to the cost of running such a program, there are a limited number of seats available.
Should TAP not be suitable for you, Microsoft will also be offering a public beta later in 2009, which will enable you to evaluate the technology only in development and test environments.
We are accepting nominations now and will continue to accept nominations until August when the program is scheduled to start or until capacity is exceeded. Because “Dublin” needs WCF and/or WF 4 services to manage, we want to accept organizations into the program as soon as possible so that work can commence on the service development side prior to “Dublin” availability for TAP customers in August/September.
To submit a nomination to the “Dublin” TAP:
1. Log on to http://connect.microsoft.com, register if you don’t have an account and a profile
2. Under "CONNECTION DIRECTORY" on the top menu, select the "Server" category
3. Look for "Microsoft Codename "Dublin" Programs" and select the “Apply” link next to "Codename “Dublin” Technology Adoption Program (TAP)"
4. Fill out the Dublin TAP Nomination form available from the Downloads section (on the left hand-side menu)