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Visual Studio To Ship this Month

Visual Studio 2008 will be ready for release this month, according to S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Developer Division.

That means the much-anticipated "Orcas" set of developer tools at least will be on track for Microsoft's big day, Feb. 27, when Microsoft plans to launch Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. It remains to be seen if the new versions of Windows Server and SQL Server will be ready for launch at that time.

For more details about the current status of Visual Studio and some of the newly released components such as the Sync Framework CTP and Popfly Explorer, click here for Keith Ward's coverage.

In his update on Visual Studio progress at Microsoft's TechEd Developers conference in Barcelona, Somasegar referred to some new licensing terms for partners. One change to Visual Studio 2008 licensing terms is supposed to end limitations on partners that prevented them from building solutions on Visual Studio for non-Windows or non-Microsoft platforms.

Another new element is shared source licensing for Premier-level partners in the Visual Studio Industry Partner program. Those exclusive partners will be allowed to view Visual Studio source code for debugging purposes while integrating their products with Visual Studio 2008.

Posted by Scott Bekker on November 06, 2007 at 11:57 AM