Microsoft Rallies Developers to Build Next-Generation Applications

Microsoft Corp. has unveiled new technologies that enable developers to build next-generation interactive applications for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and the Web. These new technologies are designed to help developers build Web services and connected, service-oriented applications that deliver the levels of security, reliability and differentiation that business and consumers expect.

?With the release of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, the sky is really the limit on what developers can build ? from applications that deliver advanced data visualization to highly connected line-of-business solutions,? said Scott Guthrie, general manager of the Developer Division at Microsoft, during his keynote speech at the Visual Studio Connections event. ?By embracing trends such as AJAX and delivering new technologies for Windows and Microsoft Office, we are opening the door to entirely new levels of innovation in the software industry while still allowing developers to use their existing skill sets.?

With easy-to-use tools and APIs designed to ensure immediate productivity and a superior user experience, developers can now begin building and testing their applications in advance of the broad availability of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

The following products were released today and yesterday:

  • The release to manufacturing of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0.
  • The availability to MSDN Premium subscribers of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system on release to manufacturing.
  • The availability of Visual Studio 2005 extensions for the .NET Framework 3.0.
  • The release to manufacturing of Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office for the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
  • Beta 2 of ASP.NET AJAX Extensions and the Microsoft Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) Library (collectively called ASP.NET AJAX), formerly codenamed ?Atlas.?
  • The release candidate of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition.