Final Beta of Visual Studio .Net 2003 Ships

Along with the beta, Microsoft will ship the final version of its .Net Compact Framework targeted at device developers.

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced the final beta of its Visual Studio .Net 2003 product—formerly known by the code name "Everett"—and released its .Net Compact Framework and a new Web service with Kinkos Inc.

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft made the announcements at the Comdex show in Las Vegas.

"With Windows .Net Server 2003 and Visual Studio 2003, Microsoft is delivering the ultimate developer platform," said Dan Hay, a Visual Studio .Net lead product manager at Microsoft.

And with the release of the .Net Compact Framework, Microsoft is targeting device developers. "Were rounding out the platform so developers can target cell phones and handhelds, all the way up to the enterprise," Hay said.

Microsoft will ship the final version of Visual Studio .Net 2003 with Windows .Net Server 2003 early next year, with a formal announcement in April, Hay said.

However, the version of the .Net Compact Framework going out with the final beta of Visual Studio .Net 2003 is the final code for that technology, said Chris Flores, also a lead product manager for Visual Studio .Net 2003 at Microsoft. Flores said beta customers of Visual Studio .NET 2003 will be able to run applications based on the .NET Compact Framework via a Go Live license. Microsofts Go Live license will lift the beta software license restriction on deploying production applications, he said.

With the .Net Compact Framework, developers "can write the core pieces of the application once, and the mobile controls in Visual Studio .Net 2003 will automatically detect characteristics of the device and add the markup language for the device."