Microsoft also announced enhancements to its Visual Studio .Net Integration Program (VSIP) and .Net Component Builder Program, as well as enhancements to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) to make it easier and faster for developers to find resources. New MSDN features include five new Developer Centers including ones for the .Net Framework, Visual Basic and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. Steve Lasker, the Dallas-based national director of research and development for Immedient Corp., lauded the new platforms Web services support.Stephen Forte, chief technology officer at Corzen Inc. in New York, added: "The Framework is the code that hosts and executes your Web services and ASP.Net codeor any other .Net code. So the developer gains a lot less headache." VS .Net 2003 comes in three versions: Professional, Enterprise Developer and Enterprise Architect and costs $1,079, $1,799 and $2,499 respectively. Upgrades go for $549, $1,079 and $1,799 respectively. Latest Microsoft News:
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"If we consider XML Web services as the ubiquitous communications protocol for applications to exchange business level data, then Windows Server 2003 with .Net 1.1 is the primary platform to host these applications," he said.