Gates Revises Visual Studio .NET Release Date
At a forum for software developers in Prague, Bill Gates announced that Visual Studio .NET will be released within the next 30 days, according to reports by Reuters.
In the opening keynote address at COMDEX Fall 2001, Gates held February 13, 2002 as the official launch date. Launch events are currently scheduled to be held at select locations spanning the globe on the 13th.
Beta 2 was released on June 19th coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Visual Basic, a language that stood as the basis for an entire generation of Windows applications.
Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect introduce three significant new features: software modeling, database modeling, and development frameworks and templates. Over 20 different programming languages -- including Microsoft's latest implementation of Java -- are supported. It also yields support for Web standards such as XML, SOAP, and UDDI to extend interoperability across platforms.