Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference

According to, “Looking to drive demand for a wave of forthcoming products, Microsoft will fill the pockets of developers this week with early versions of several programs, including the latest “build” of Windows Vista.
At the software giant’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft is planning to provide programmers with the code for an early version of Vista, as well as Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005, both of which will be released in November. Vista, the client version of the next release of Windows developed under the code name Longhorn, is expected to be released next year.”

This should be good news for a lot of people, including us because “As it has done at past conferences, Microsoft is providing technical details as a way of seeding the market for third-party applications that run on Microsoft’s development “stack,” or combination of components, as well as its Web properties.”

At the conference, Microsoft is also expected to provide more details on BizTalk Server 2006, which is due early next year, and its integration server strategy.

More news to follow, I’m sure.