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At TechEd, Microsoft began sharing a few tidbits about its feature set for its next version of Visual Studio, which company officials are publicly calling "Visual Studio v.Next," but which this slide indicates is internally known as Visual Studio 2012. Microsoft has been on an every-two-year ship schedule with Visual Studio for the past few years, so I'm not sure why they've gone to the dark side that some other teams at Microsoft have and are shying away from using the product name that everyone inside and outside the company is using. Microsoft officials shared information on some of the VS 2012 application lifecycle management (ALM) features of the product this week, but wouldn't talk beta or final ship-date targets.
Microsoft execs also used TechEd this week to go deeper on what's coming in the next version of SQL Server, codenamed "Denali." This slide compares the technology priorities for the past two SQL Server releases with the coming Denali release. Microsoft so far has delivered two Community Technology Previews of Denali. The third will be coming later this summer, officials said this week. The SQL Server team still won't say when it plans to deliver the final release of SQL Server; there's been talk that it could be very late in 2011 or some time in 2012.
This TechEd slide includes three words that, not so long ago, you'd never see on a Microsoft-approved slide: iPhone, iPad and Android. Earlier this year, Microsoft officials said the company is planning to offer technology (System Center Configuration Manager 2012) that will help IT admins manage these non-Microsoft platforms. At TechEd, Microsoft's message was that it also will help developers write for these platforms, as well, using its development tools.