We are pleased to announce the next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit-version 5.5- is now available for beta download. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 5.5 Beta  at Microsoft Connect.

Simplify planning for upgrade or migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 Beta. This multifaceted tool is now even better-with assessment for easier migration to Windows Azure and SQL Azure, heterogeneous database discovery for SQL Server migration projects, Internet Explorer 8 upgrade assessment, and much more-MAP 5.5 Beta includes new features to help you streamline planning for your next migration project.

MAP works with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies -easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more.

Tell us what you think! We hope you'll take the time to influence the development of this new release. The MAP 5.5 Beta will run through mid-January 2011. Now is the time to join the beta program, preview this toolkit, and provide us with your feedback.

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