One of the benefits of being well connected is that you
don't have to work as hard to keep on top of things... people tell
you when news is breaking or something big is going to
happen. Luckily for me, I am somewhat connected. Luckily
for you, you guys know me! Let me introduce you to
Here's the message I got from my contact at Microsoft.
You probably have already seen the news, but I wanted to send
this along because it's very important to your audience. Yesterday,
Microsoft announced the roadmap for their developer tools, Visual
Studio .NET. The reason that I wanted to reiterate this announcement
to you is because it's very important that developers understand what
this means to them. Here are the straight facts:
- Everett is the code-name for the next version of Visual Studio .NET. Official "naming" of the product has not yet been determined.
- Everett is an incremental release with improved user experience and is primed for Windows .NET Server.
- Key components of Everett are the .NET Compact Framework and Smart Device Extensions. These components give Visual Studio developers the full support for mobile development.
- Although pricing is not disclosed, Microsoft will be offering a special limited time price of $29 to upgrade. This price will cover packaging and shipping and is good only through direct purchases from Microsoft.
Now here's some more stuff....
On Tuesday, Microsoft along with ComputerJobs.com [will announce] the revamp and launch
of Computerjobs.com built on .NET technologies. Computerjobs.com
switched to .NET, which resulted in a 50% decrease in development
time and an amazing 400% increase in performance and decreased total
cost of ownership. Although I don't normally highlight customers that
often, I was pretty impressed with the benefits they experienced and
thought that you would also think it was interesting.
Other than that, just wanted to give you a heads up that on Monday
they will be announcing another technology that will be of interest
to your audience. I'll send a mail along highlighting that on Monday.
Here are links to the press releases from these two announcements:
Everett release: [Microsoft Synchronizes Next Version of Visual Studio .NET With Windows .NET Server]
Computerjobs.com joint announce: [Microsoft and ComputerJobs.com Team Up To Revamp Leading IT Employment Web Site]
As usual your feedback is encouraged and welcome!
Another link (mentioned in the actual announcement) that gives you a
little more information and you may find interesting is
the Microsoft Developer Tools Roadmap 2002–2004.
If you've got any interest in where the Microsoft development platform is
heading, do yourself a favor and take the time to read the couple pages.