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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-11-07 Print this article Print

Meanwhile, Microsoft said that with tens of thousands of beta testers there are bound to be a few who find issues. And more than a million developers signed up for Visual Studio 2005 betas and Community Technology Previews, the company said. A company spokesperson said: "Were proud of the quality of Visual Studio 2005 and the .Net Framework. At the same time, these are complex software projects, and we recognize that some customers may run into issues. To date, customer feedback has been very positive overall. While we strive to fix every issue that surface, there is always more work we could do to make the product better, and we encourage the community to continue to provide us with feedback as they work with the new tools."
Several .Net developers had called for Microsoft to take more time and to deliver another beta of Visual Studio 2005. And while Microsoft did not agree to do that, the company apparently will be delivering an interim version of Visual Studio to be available before the "Orcas" version of the IDE. Orcas is the code name given to the next major version of Visual Studio, which is expected to be released around 2007. The follow-on version to Orcas is code-named Hawaii.
Eric Maino, a member of the C# tools team at Microsoft, in his blog said Microsoft is working on an interim technology based on the Visual Studio tool set known as MQ. However, it is unclear if MQ will be a Visual Studio 2005 service pack or an internal milestone only. Microsoft is already looking ahead to the next version of Visual Studio. Click here to read more. "Recently I have been asked by many family and friends what I am doing at work now that we have shipped Whidbey [Visual Studio 2005]," Maino said in his blog. "Some speculate that we are diving into Orcas, some think Orcas is complete and we are working on Hawaii, while others seem to think we are on a big break for the next few months. While I cant answer this question for everyone I can answer it for myself and most of the developer division (there may be some people going on vacation for a while, so I cant speak for them). The developer division as a whole is working on MQ." Maino described MQ as "a milestone that is post-Whidbey and pre-Orcas that will focus on quality." Added Maino: "We have learned a lot from the previous three versions of Visual Studio that were built around the .Net Framework, the biggest lesson that we learned on this most recent version was that we were not agile enough and we took too long to ship. This milestone while it will not answer everything it gives the division time to analyze its processes and make improvements. Every team (just like a business) has areas that it would like to improve, but hasnt been able to in the past when there is code churn and deadlines looming. I really think that MQ is a great step in the right direction." Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

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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