In a keynote address at the Visual Studio & .Net Connections conference here (also known as DevConnections) Nov. 6, Scott Guthrie, general manager of the Developer Division at Microsoft, laid out the new products Microsoft is making available to developers to promote a better development experience on the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system. Windows Vista is expected to be released to manufacturing any day now.
At a launch event in San Francisco last November, Steve Ballmer, Microsofts chief executive, announced Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and Biztalk Server 2006 as the next-generation tools for connected systems. Now, a year later, Microsoft is launching a set of new tools for creating Web services and next-generation, connected service-oriented applications, Guthrie said.
Microsoft announced slew of new technologies for developers, including the release to manufacturing of the Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0, which provides advances for building rich, interactive client applications via WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation), communication and workflow via WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) and WF (Windows Workflow Foundation), and online identity management via Windows CardSpace.
Microsoft also announced the availability of Visual Studio 2005 extensions for the .Net Framework 3.0. This is a series of plug-ins and project templates that enable developers to use Visual Studio 2005 to build .Net Framework 3.0 solutions.
In addition, Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing of Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office for the 2007 Microsoft Office system to build solutions for the six major applications in the 2007 Microsoft Office system: Office Word, Office Excel, Office Outlook, Office PowerPoint, Office Visio and Office InfoPath. Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office for the 2007 Microsoft Office system enables developers to build scalable line-of-business applications that leverage the functionality of the 2007 Microsoft Office system, the company said.
Adding to its SQL Server family, Microsoft announced the release candidate of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition, an offering for essential relational database functionality in a compact footprint.
Microsoft officials said that by sharing a familiar SQL Server syntax and common ADO.Net programming model with other editions of SQL Server, SQL Server Compact Edition allows developers and administrators to apply their existing skills and be immediately productive. The release candidate is available via download at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/compact.
And, finally, Microsoft announced the availability to MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) Premium subscribers of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system on release to manufacturing.
Goldfarb said that Microsofts message to developers is that these new offerings in the Vista wave focus on three main concepts: security, integration and extensibility.