Microsoft releases updated dev-tool roadmap

Summary:Microsoft has published to its MSDN Web site an updated roadmap for a number of new developer products it is planning to release over the next few months. In a nutshell, here's what's on the books.

Microsoft has published to its MSDN Web site an updated roadmap for a number of new developer products it is planning to release over the next few months. In a nutshell, here's what's on the books:

* Visual Studio "Orcas": Beta 1: Q2 2007; Beta 2: Mid-year 2007; Final release-to-manufacturing: To be determined (Microsoft officials said recently the plan is to release the final Orcas product before the end of calendar 2007.)

* Visual Studio Team System "Rosario": Microsoft tried to stuff the Rosario genie back in the bottle after acknowledging its existence over a year ago. On March 26, Microsoft posted a list of new testing, project-management and other features for Rosario, which it is decribing as the next version of Visual Studio Team System.

* Visual studio Power Tools releases: From the description on the MSDN site: "Power Tools are delivered out-of-band from major Visual Studio Team System releases." Microsoft has several Power Tools releases on its list, including Team Foundation Server Power Tools and Team Edition for Database Professionals Power Tools. Microsoft says some of these Power Tools will be included in future versions of Visual Studio Team System. No other dates or specifics.

* Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals Service Pack 1: "Projected availability" is Q2 2007.

Topics: Microsoft

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