Microsoft Lays Out Tools Roadmap
Microsoft offers a few glimpses into its tools roadmap and enhances its industry partner program to further grow its ecosystem around its tools.NEW YORKMicrosoft Corp. today offered a few new glimpses into its tools roadmap and enhanced its industry partner program to further grow its ecosystem around its tools. Speaking at the VSLive! New York 2003 conference, Eric Rudder, senior vice president of Server and Tools at Microsoft, gave glimpses of future versions of Microsofts Visual Studio .Net and the .Net Framework, including the next version of the technology, code-named Whidbey, and the subsequent version code-named Orcas. "We just went beta with Whidbey in the past week," said Rudder at the end of his keynote presentation, although later Microsoft officials said there has not yet been a public beta review of the product. "We have given the code to a very close set of partners," said Ari Bixhorn, lead product manager for Visual Studio .Net. A developer who was among those to get the early Whidbey software called it more alpha than beta. Rudder and Bixhorn said Microsoft will be giving the first public early Whidbey beta disks to developers at the upcoming Microsoft professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles in October. A more mature beta will follow in the first half of 2004, with final shipment of the product expected in the second half of next year, Bixhorn said.
Throughout his talk Rudder emphasized the significance of Web services in Microsofts overall strategy for developers and identified Visual Studio .Net as the premier environment for building Web services because of the Web Services Enhancements (WSE) technology Microsoft makes available to developers.