But more importantly, Somasegar said, "if you look at the global 100 companies, 90 percent are targeting the .Net platform for the primary development environment." Moreover, Somasegar said Forrester Research Inc. did a study asking which platform will be used for the majority of development work in 2004. According to that study, 44 percent of respondents said Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and 56 percent said .Net.To read more about Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition, click here. However, to succeed overall Microsoft will need partners. "Ive been at Microsoft for 16 years, but at the end of the day a big proponent of our success is the partner ecosystem," Somasegar said. As part of its ecosystem, Microsoft has more than 1,000 Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), 200 partners in its Visual Studio Integration Partners (VSIP) and more than 400 partner products. "I think of you as an extension of my team," Somasegar said to the VSLive! Orlando audience, made up largely of Microsoft partners and consultants and corporate developers. Somasegar vowed to share more builds with outside developers to get feedback on the companys progress. He said the MSDN Feedback Center, code-named LadyBug, has been a big help in the few months since it went live. There have been 3.008 bug reports, with 721 fixed so far, and 2,100 product suggestions, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Part of the reason might be that Microsoft builds "a family of products that cater to all developers of all different types," Somasegar said, referring to Mondays announcement of the Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition, which joins Visual Studio Express, Visual Studio Professional Edition and Visual Studio Team System as upcoming versions of the technology.