Microsoft 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.
S. Soma 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 software teams.
Moreover, Somasegar said, We will be in lock-step between the platform [Windows 8] and the tools. Microsoft released a preview of Visual Studio 11 in 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.
Yet, despite 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.
As the 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.
Somasegar also 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.
Microsoft had 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.
Microsoft said 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.
The .NET 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.