Microsoft will be releasing Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 by the end of this month. The announcement was made at Microsoft's TechEd Developers 2007 conference on Monday.
According to Soma Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's developer division, "Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 will let developers use their existing skills to build more 'compelling' appplications for end users."
Visual Studio 2008 is focused on enabling developers to create what Microsoft calls "smart client" applications that offer the same kind of rich user experiences that are prevalent on the Web. The new tool set can be used to develop applications for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Office 2007 and the Web, the software vendor said.
Changes were also announced to the licensing terms for Visual Studio business partners. Partners are no longer limited to building technology on top of Visual Studio for Windows and other Microsoft-centric systems.The first test version of a new developer tool, called the Sync Framework, was also released on Monday. The Sync Framework provides a platform for taking Web services and databases offline and supports "peer-to-peer synchronization of all types of files."
- Microsoft to update Visual Studio, .NET this month (InformationWeek)
- Visual Studio to ship this month (Redmond Channel Partner Online)
- Microsoft says on track to ship Visual Studio this month (TG Daily)
- Visual Studio 2008 coming to MSDN subscribers at the end of November (Ars Technica)
Which version of Visual Studio are you using as the primary development platform in your company? Are there any plans to switch over to Visual Studio 2008 in the near future?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.