Microsoft has announced the integration of Windows 7, Azure and Silverlight tools into the open source Eclipse development platform. The joint project with Canadian company Tasktop Technologies and French company Soyatec was unveiled at the Eclipse Summit Europe in Ludwigsburg, Germany today, with Tasktop Technologies handling integration of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 and Soyatec providing Azure and Silverlight plugins.
The new Eclipse functionality will integrate Windows 7 features such as Jump Lists for Eclipse and extend the Eclipse Standard Widget Toolkit to include things like taskbar progress bars and search widget integration. Eclipse will also take on aspects of the Windows 7 look and feel.
The enhancements to the Eclipse IDE will be available under the Eclipse Public License for early access the first quarter of 2010, intended for general release with Eclipse Helios in June 2010. Microsoft is providing funding and architectural guidance for the project, the company said.
The Azure plugin, available now adds a storage explorer and a variety of development and deployment tools for PHP applications in Windows Azure. bundling the existing Windows Azure SDK for PHP into the Eclipse PHP project. Likewise, the Eclipse Silverlight plug-in is available now — this includes Macintosh support as well as REST, SOAP, JSON and other assistance.