Friday, November 09, 2007

Visual Studio 2008

Earlier this year Visual Studio celebrated its tenth anniversary. As we move towards releasing Visual Studio 2008, let’s take a moment to reflect on the product's evolution.

The first release of Visual Studio in 1997 featured separate IDEs (that required their own installation) for Visual C++, Visual Basic, J++, and a tool known as InterDev. Visual Studio 6.0 was a dramatic improvement that marked the birth of Visual Basic 6 and embodied the idea of a set of unified services across all languages.

With Visual Studio .NET 2002 and Visual Studio .NET 2003, this vision was realized with the .NET Framework. For the first time an individual developer could write an application in the language of their choosing while taking advantage of a common set of tools including designers, drag and drop controls, and IntelliSense. Along with the increase of individual developer productivity was an increase in the size and complexity of development projects and teams.

Visual Studio 2005 was born to help developers in teams of any size increase collaboration and reduce development complexity. With each progressive release, Microsoft has reaffirmed its commitment to empowering the developer by creating a dialogue with the community to help incorporate feedback and improve the product. Visual Studio 2008 is no exception. With your help we are prepared to deliver on the commitment to make every software project successful on the Microsoft platform.

Download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 today and help make this release the best ever!

[Courtesy of Microsoft Corporation]


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