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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-11-19 Print this article Print

: Final Beta of Visual Studio .Net 2003 Ships"> Hay said Microsoft is targeting three sets of developers with this release of the Visual Studio product: enterprise developers, professional developers and device developers. He said the company has added enhancements to assist developers in each category. For enterprise developers, Microsoft has integrated the .Net Framework into Windows .Net Server 2003 and added support for new Web services protocols including WS-Security, WS-Routing and WS- Attachments, Hay said. The product also will feature Microsofts Enterprise Instrumentation Framework, which helps enterprises monitor their systems.
Enhancements for professional developers include enhancements to Microsofts C++ implantation, including increased standards support and the integration of Visual J# .Net into the Visual Studio .Net platform, Hay said.
Pricing for Visual Studio .Net 2003 is $29 for developers who are registered users of Visual Studio .Net 2002, and free for subscribers of the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). The company said it would release full pricing for new customers at a later date. Meanwhile, Neil Charney, director of Microsofts .Net Strategy Group, said Microsoft announced a new Web service that Kinkos will be building called "File, Print… Kinkos." The new service will be built with Microsofts .NET platform and will use XML-based Web services to enable customers to print directly from Microsoft Office to any U.S. Kinkos location, he said. "Kinkos is committed to building this with the .Net Framework," Charney said. He added that some of the Microsoft-sponsored advanced Web services protocols, including WS-Security and WS-Attachments "become very important in this scenario." The scenario features a user on a home computer or laptop in a hotel sending a file for printing at a local Kinkos using the service. Other Microsoft technologies involved in the prototype the companies built include Microsoft Visual Studio .Net, the .Net Framework, .Net Alerts and MapPoint .NET, Charney said. He added that the service would come out in the middle of next year.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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