Visual Studio, SQL Server 2005 Delayed Again

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The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant had hoped both products would ship by late summer, but solution providers have said that timetable was overly optimistic.

Also on Monday, Microsoft announced pricing and packaging for the toolset lineup, Visual Studio 2005, which until last year had gone by the code name Whidbey. The company released pricing details for the SQL Server 2005 database last month.

Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition and the Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Office System will both carry an estimated street price of about $799, or $549 for an upgrade. The Standard Edition will run $299, or $199 for an upgrade, and the Express Edition will cost $49, Microsoft said. The current Visual Studio .Net Professional Edition now retails for $1,079. The company is using the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) as the primary distribution vehicle for Visual Studio.

Volume licenses for the new Team System Edition, which will include modeling and collaboration perks, will start at $3,191, including Software Assurance, Microsoft said.

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A Microsoft spokeswoman said all of the SKUs are expected to ship by the year's end, though some industry sources say a portion of the Team System functionality--which relies on complex methodologies--could slip beyond that date.