In a move to help customers more easily link new and legacy applications and technologies, IBM has announced an extension of its WebSphere adapter portfolio. IBM now offers more than 350 adapters in its portfolio, all updated to connect with WebSphere Application Server V5. There are now more than 300 new adapters available through IBM business partners--including 50 brand-new adapters as well as + adapters updated to support WebSphere Application Server V5. The first-ever partner adapters (over 100) for WebSphere Studio application development tools are now available through IBM business partner, iWay Software. There are also more than 40 WebSphere Business Integration adapters updated for WebSphere Application Server V5. New focus areas include energy, utility, and healthcare.