Microsoft released Visual Studio.Net to its developer base in anticipation of its formal launch next month.
As first reported by CRN in October, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will officially launch Visual Studio.Net at VSLive in San Francisco on Feb. 13.
The shipment of Visual Studio.Net, a full quarter before the company is slated to launch .Net My Services in June, will allow developers to construct XML-based Web services and .Net applications.
"The actual release means we can finalize stuff we've developed under the beta [code and convince new customers who were scared of a beta that .Net is a viable development tool," said Andrew Brust, president of Progressive Systems, a software development and consulting firm in New York. "We'll be ecstatic once we have the [final code."
In the interim before the launch, developers and solution providers can get the .Net toolset and .Net Framework on Microsoft's Developer Network (MSDN), company executives said. The Visual Studio.Netcode is available to MSDN subscribers at http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/.
Sources also said Microsoft is going to launch another tool for IT professionals and developers, MapPoint .Net, in the first quarter of 2002.