Microsoft starts rolling out several tool test releases

Microsoft starts rolling out several tool test releases

Summary: Microsoft tool testers will have lots of new builds to play with this week. Microsoft plans to make new builds of a variety of its next-gen developer products available for download on July 26 and 27.

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Microsoft tool testers will have lots of new builds to play with this week.

Microsoft is expecting to deliver a public Visual Studio 2008 ("Orcas") Beta 2 for download on Friday, July 27, company officials said. It will roll out simultaneously Beta 2 of the .Net Framework 3.5.

Update on July 26: Looks like Microsoft posted the Beta 2 bits earlier than it told us it would. (Thanks to WinBeta.org folks for the tip.)

Microsoft is expecting to deliver the final versions of Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 before the end of this year, officials said this week. (Microsoft had been wavering until today, claiming that the release to manufacturing of VS 2008 could potentially slip into early 2008.)

Today, July 26, Microsoft is expecting to post for download by testers the release candidate of SilverLight 1.0; a first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Silverlight 1.1; and a new preview release of Expression Blend Version 2.0, company officials said.

Microsoft also is putting early test builds of Rosario, the version of Visual Studio Team System that will follow the Orcas release, in testers' hands as well. Microsoft plans to make available "in the next week or so" the first CTP for Rosario, according to Softie Brian Harry. Harry blogged on July 25 about Microsoft's CTP plans for Rosario but said the company wasn't yet ready to provide a tentative ship date for VSTS Rosario.

Topics: Microsoft, Software Development

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  • give me a break!

    "It will roll out simultaneously Beta 2 of the .Net Framework 3.5. Microsoft is expecting to deliver the final versions of Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 before the [b]end of this year[/b] "
    After windoze vista loooooong wait, nobody expects these 'products' by the end of the year.
    If numbers are any indication 2008 sounds like next year, and 3.5 is a distant future since 3.0 has not shipped yet.
    The M$ FUD machine is in overdrive mode!
    Linux Geek
    • Why don't....

      You take your Linux anti-MS troll self and go into a cave or something? What they are giving is a release schedule date for upcoming products in case for some reason you missed that part. And I don't know about you, It is usually harder to build a whole new operating system compared to a single app much less 2 apps at the same time.
      lenohere
      • That may be true...

        But if you don't have the development tools ready for third party developers when (or before) the OS is ready for release then you're not going to get working or great applications for the new OS. Sure there was a package you could get for the last VS, but that's not quite like having the release version.

        A cynic would say a delay in the release of the developer tools gives Microsoft's applications division a head start over its competition, or that they just don't have their management of the Vista project "down."

        An optimist would say, well, I was never going to do Vista until SP1 (a common thought apparently), and then I'll be good to go with development as I'll have had a chance to "kick Vista's tires" and feel good about developing for it.
        zkiwi
        • It's not really possible...

          to simultaneously have the tools and the platform release at the same time because you have to wait for the platform bits to stabilize before you build tools you ship to customers to build applications for the platform.

          MS however did ship the Vista SDK at the same time so if that is what you are referring to that of course is possible, but the .NET stuff has always shipped after the platform bits themselves.
          BFD
    • Shut up, FOOL! (nt)

      .
      No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Check your facts

      The .Net Framework 3.0 was "shipped" last year:

      http://www.cbronline.com/article_news.asp?guid=2C2140BA-CA45-4291-A287-A2C6A3FF6106

      http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=10CC340B-F857-4A14-83F5-25634C3BF043&displaylang=en

      I think your FUD machine is in overdrive mode.
      gargamel4670
      • I did...

        What use is that runtime if there are no tools to build on it?
        Linux Geek
        • Then check them again retard

          You don't need the new tools to develop .NET 3.0 apps. You can build WPF, WCF, and WWF apps just fine with the tools that had already shipped before .NET 3.0 did.

          If your hope is to misinform those who don't know better then you should reserve your bs for the linux forums. There's no one out here that's fooled by the crap that consistently comes out of your pie hole.
          Johnny Vegas