Microsoft makes Visual Studio 2008 more broadly available

Microsoft makes Visual Studio 2008 more broadly available

Summary: Microsoft has made the Visual Studio 2008 tool suite available to volume licensees and retail customers as of January 29.


Microsoft has made the latest version of its integrated tool suite available to volume licensees and retail customers as of January 29.

Microsoft released to manufacturing Visual Studio 2008 on November 19, 2007, and made it available at that time to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers. Today, Microsoft announced additional availability of Visual Studio 2008. It is now on the January 2008 volume licensing price list (via Open, Select, Enterprise Agreement and Full Packaged Product licenses) in a posting to the US ISV Developer Evangelism Team blog.

The official corporate launch of Visual Studio 2008, codenamed Orcas -- along with Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 -- is scheduled for February 27, 2008, in Los Angeles. Windows Server 2008 is expected to be released to manufacturing in February, possibly as soon as next week, sources say. SQL Server 2008 recently slipped a quarter and is now expected to go to manufacturing in the third quarter of 2008.

Topics: Software Development, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • does anyone really care about pricey M$ tools?

    even on windoze there are better and free development tools created by the community.
    I don't even count Linux because M$ is a 'no show' here.
    Linux Geek
    • There are free editions of VS 2008

      If you read around, VS 2008 is pretty well regaurded, definately there's not a better tool fo .NET development.
      • free

        and no one spells better than you
      • The best rake for cleaning a stall

        [i]definately there's not a better tool fo .NET development.[/i]

        That's like saying you have the best rake for cleaning a stall, the job is still the same.

        VS is FrontPage on steroids. It may be highly regarded by Windows developers, but I don't share that enthusiasm.

        I've supported .NET development since 1.1 and my opinion hasn't changed: It's clunky, bloated and slow. Building .NET for cross-browser support still has issues. Development with oss tools is a breeze by comparison, except for the IE 6 crips. Clunky POS browser.

        That will probably get Axie-butt spinning like neutron star but after working both sides of the fence, that's my opinion.

        I'll still support .NET for customers but none of my stuff gets built on that platform.
    • Ignore Linux Geek, he's a moron

      There is no better development environment than Visual Studio on ANY platform. Linux Geek just categorically hates all things Microsoft. But tell us moron, what community developed tools are better than Visual Studio? And by what metric do you measure the quality?
      • Nope, pretty much your average Linux fan.

        • I find it funny when zealot make fun of others

          for pretty much the same behavior.

          If this was a Linux article you'd be blasting stupid comments just like this poster is on this article.

          Zealots do as zealots do I guess and they make everyone in IT look bad.
    • Only 95% of all developers.

      But then, of course you wouln't know a line of code if you tripped over it.
      • Likely he also

        missed the poll you subscribe to. Who commissioned it? How were the subjects selected? How were questions framed? Were responses binary - yes/no - or graduated - scale, like 1-5? 95% is a pretty impressive number - I've never found 95% agreement on much of anything. But congratulations once again on another marvelous insight!

        BTW, how do I qualify as an illegal alien?
    • That's ridiculous

      People care, or MS wouldn't make it.

      It's also very mature to use the $ in place of an "S", because as we all know, Microsoft is a company, and aren't companies suppose to make profits?

      So bug off. You have nothing constructive, or even worth reading about.

      Stick to the Linux posts, keep of the MS posts.
    • MY issue with Studio

      Seriously; who uses the entire suite? As time as gone on we had stopped using Basic, then C then pretty much every thing else except FoxPro.

      We now find ourselves in a world where Microsoft is no longer important to us. We tried PERL, moved happily to PHP and now pay Zend instead of Microsoft.

      For a small business Studio and Eclipse just weren't worth the effort; especially since the software we develope is for internal use only.
  • RE: Vista and Windows Server 2008--an unbreakable couple?


    This isn't the article the link says it is?????
    • Quite.

      Bait'n'switch, perhaps?
  • Better tools? Yeah right.

    Just what are these so-called "better" tools? IMO Visual Studio is THE best IDE on the market today. NetBeans comes close, and actually is a little better with its GUI designer, but that's for Java and not .NET. For .NET, VS blows all the others out of the water. It's just a shame it's so freaking expensive. Maybe they'll have a "Watch three webcasts, get a free copy" promotion like they did with 2005.
    • Well, yeah...

      That's what ya get for being locked into M$! I pay $50 for MyEclipse and get a full-blown Java IDE with *all* the enterprise features...not some stripped-down version for the "individual developer". I understand not everyone does Java. But if you are just using .Net to do web opposed to rich GUI apps...ya really owe it to yourself to look at Java and an open-source server stack to run it on. That's where the tools momentum is at - and you can tell this precisely due to the variety of *full-fledged* offerings that are available - there is huge competition going on based on both features *and* price. IMO, it was a long time coming - I used to pay a few $100s of dollars for Borland JBuilder several years back...and the Eclipse project totally changed the landscape...the tilt is back to the developer, instead of being locked in and pillaged by a single, controlling company.
  • RE: Microsoft makes Visual Studio 2008 more broadly available

    You can find out more about release status and also get a free promotional version of all three software packagest, Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008 at the Joint Launch Events starting at the end of February.

    Fred Reckling
    Microsoft Grassroots Manager\2008jointlaunch
  • Who needs it? All the 08 Express editions are OUT and FREE


  • Without FoxPro why bother?

    Our company was using Visual studio for years, but as time went on we found that FoxPro (one of Microsoft's best purchases) was becoming our primary development tool. Now that FoxPro is gone we too have moved to other IDE's.

    I clicked on "Vista and Windows Server 2008--an unbreakable couple?" and it came here. Please fix!!