Microsoft gave a sneak peek at what is to come in the next major version of its flagship toolset code-named Visual Studio 11, and said a beta of it and the .NET Framework 4.5 will ship on Feb. 29.
announced that it will deliver beta versions of Visual Studio 11 and the .NET
Framework 4.5 on Feb. 29.
In a sneak
peek with press and analysts on Feb. 23, Microsoft shared some information on
what will be in the next major version of its flagship development tools suite,
code-named Visual Studio 11.
Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsofts Developer Division, said the
new toolset focuses on three primary themes: modern consumer and business apps,
simplified and productive development environment, and collaborative and agile
said, We will be in lock-step between the platform [Windows 8] and the tools.
Microsoft released a preview of Visual Studio 11
September 2011 along with a developer preview of Windows 8 at its BUILD conference
The company is expected to deliver a beta or Consumer Preview of Windows 8
around the same time as the beta of Visual Studio is delivered.
talking of being in lock-step with the Windows 8 team and the platforms
development, Microsoft did not address key issues, such as using the toolset to
build Metro application or developing with HTML5.
platform comes out, we will be prepared to talk a lot more about what we are
doing hand-in-hand with the platform team, Somasegar said.
said Visual Studio 11 will enable developers to build apps that allow devices to
stay connected to cloud back-ends and to be highly collaborative. And we will
enable you as a developer to touch-enable your apps.
to take all these disparate things into account in building the product,
Somasegar said. It had to not only take into account the 10 million or so
professional developers and their interests in mobile development and app
stores for easy distribution and reach for their apps, but also the new kinds
of people building apps who are not pros, he said. Thus, there are hundreds
and hundreds of new features coming in Visual Studio 11, he added.
Visual Studio 11 is an integrated solution that helps individuals and development
teams of any size be productive and focused, collaborate seamlessly with
colleagues, and turn their ideas into exceptional and compelling applications.
building Visual Studio 11 with a focus on offering todays software developer
the very best environment for efficiently building applicationsfor both
businesses and consumers, Somasegar said in a statement. In addition, our
work has been highly influenced by the proliferation of devices and a passion
for enabling developers to focus on building high-quality, modern applications
with data that seamlessly flows from one device to another, easily
incorporating intuitive interfaces such as touch and voice. We want developers
to be productive in building such applications, whether theyre using C++,
Framework 4.5 enables developers to productively build responsive, scalable and
efficient client and server applications. Developers building services for
Windows Server and Windows Azure will get the tools they need to effectively
harness the power of the cloud, Somasegar said.