Microsoft Visual Studio Orcas: Maybe in 2007, maybe not

Microsoft Visual Studio Orcas: Maybe in 2007, maybe not

Summary: Microsoft is back to hedging about when the company will deliver the final version of "Orcas," the next release of its Visual Studio tool suite. Beta 1 is still due in April, however.

TOPICS: Microsoft

Microsoft is back to hedging about when the company will deliver the final version of "Orcas," the next release of its Visual Studio tool suite.

Last year, the Softies were quietly floating a 2007/2008 delivery date for Orcas. Then, in February 2007, Scott Guthrie, the general manager of Microsoft's Developer Division, blogged that Orcas would ship in 2007, after all. This week, Microsoft is back to wavering.

Microsoft is planning to deliver a non-feature-complete Beta 1 of Orcas in April, Soma Somasegar, the Corporate Vice President in charge of Microsoft's Developer Division, said during an interview on April 16. Microsoft expects to ship another beta of the product later this year. The final may or may not make it out in calendar 2007, Somasegar said.

Microsoft plans to position Orcas as the best, general-purpose tool set for developing for the Web, Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Longhorn Server, he said. Orcas will include version 3.5 of the .Net Framework.

At the same time as it is working on Orcas, Microsoft is working on Rosario, the next version of Visual Studio Team Server. Rosario will include new testing functionality and integration with Microsoft System Center and Project Server and its portfolio management tools, company officials said.

In about another month, Microsoft will begin its post-Orcas Visual Studio planning, Somasegar said. Microsoft officials have used the code name "Hawaii" to refer to its generalized plans for development tools after the Orcas/Rosario releases. But Hawaii is not the code name for a future release of Visual Studio, Somasegar reiterated this week.

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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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  • Predicting the Weather

    It's a shame that MS continues to allow the media and shareholders to drive their development cycles. I think by now most reasonable people understand you can't predict the weather and MS product launches with any reliability.

    So why do people continue to do something in the same way, and expect different results? The easy answer is "insanity", but it's a little more complex than that. In most cases, the people making these predictions are mainly driven by satisfying outside forces -- media, analysts, shareholders -- and are just taking what we used to call a SWAG (Scientific Wild Assed Guess) about what they think Marketing would like to hear.

    They know that slipping a release isn't a big deal, and that customers don't really believe them anyway.
  • Well I just can't wait for Microsoft Visual Studio Orcas.


    One time, I got an error message when I try to open up a sequential workflow/state machine workflow but gave me an error but since I didn't remember what it is, it looked like a fully-qualified namespace with a name of the exception class but can't be sure...

    Hopefully, it should be fixed. Plus, I don't like having to download seven-part files (part 1-6: 700MB and part 7: 433MB) but I have no problems downloading one 4GB file with a broadband connection.
    Grayson Peddie