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Covast’s EDI Accelerator Now Available at Microsoft Technology Centers
Microsoft Technology Centers Select Leading EDI Technology for Use by Customers Nationwide

ATLANTA and ROTTERDAM – July 7, 2004 – Covast, provider of the recommended electronic data interchange (EDI) solution for Microsoft Corp.’s BizTalk Server, today announced that its EDI Accelerator has been selected for use at the US Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs). MTC customers will have access to Covast’s EDI Accelerator in conjunction with BizTalk Server, which enables companies to have greatly expanded EDI transaction capabilities.

“Customers utilizing the Microsoft Technology Center will have access to the most robust EDI system designed exclusively for Microsoft BizTalk Server,” said Daan Scheer, CEO, Covast. “By leveraging Covast’s EDI Accelerator in conjunction with Microsoft BizTalk Server, companies will have one integration platform for all their application-to-application (A2A) and business-to-business (B2B) integration needs.”

Covast's EDI technology together with Microsoft BizTalk Server form a complete business-to-business (B2B) solution and a state-of-the-art EDI platform that greatly reduces costs through ease of use and by offering the capability to move step-by-step from expensive Value Added Networks (VAN’s) to the Internet.

Microsoft Technology Centers provide business and technology professionals an environment to envision, plan, and architect complete, customized solutions. The MTCs host hundreds of companies each year that are considering a solution using .NET-connected technologies.

“The mission of Microsoft Technology Center is to enable Microsoft customers to accelerate their results in architecting and proving their .NET applications. By making it easy for them to work with key Alliance Members like Covast, we can help them to envision solutions for connecting people, information, systems, and devices,” said Adam Hecktman, Director of the Microsoft Technology Center - Chicago. “Covast’s EDI Accelerator is a key component to develop .NET solutions in a heterogeneous IT environment.”

About Microsoft Technology Centers

The MTCs provide everything an enterprise organization needs—technology experts, industry leaders, and an outstanding environment—to envision, architect, test, and prove a complete, customized solution using Microsoft .NET-connected technologies. There are MTCs located in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Redmond, Silicon Valley, Beijing, Dubai,Taipei, Munich, Thames Valley, and Tokyo.

About Covast

Covast provides the Microsoft recommended EDI solution for BizTalk Server. The combination of Microsoft BizTalk Server, the Covast EDI Accelerator and AS2 Adapter delivers the ultimate B2B solution - enabling companies to easily integrate their EDI infrastructures with internal applications and providing a gateway for connecting trading communities. With its European headquarters in the Netherlands and its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic relationships with partners and customers including Microsoft, HP, Citrix, Flextronics, Siemens, Ocean Spray, Grampian Foods and ABX Logistics. For more information, visit www.covast.com.

NOTE: The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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