Visual Studio 2005 Beta Not Available Yet

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Microsoft officially launched Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 at Tech Ed Europe Tuesday but the code is not yet available, one company spokesperson confirmed.

The Redmond, Wash., software giant released the beta for the new Express version of the Visual Studio upgrade during the Amsterdam show but the beta of the full-fledged development platform, code-named Whidbey, won't be in the hands of developers until later this week, the spokesperson acknowledged.

Microsoft said availability is imminent for MSDN subscribers. Non-subscribers will be able to order a copy of Beta 1 for a nominal fulfillment fee, Microsoft said.

One Microsoft developer is waiting anxiously for the beta release of Visual Studio and the beta release of the Yukon version of SQL Server, which also is due within weeks, sources said.

"The sooner the beta comes out, the sooner the final release will come out. And that's really important because it will bring with it a vastly improved Web development environment, enhanced Windows application deployment with ClickOnce, and facilitate the release of SQL Server 2005," said Andrew Brust, president of Progressive Systems, a developer and consulting firm in New York.

The beta contains the Visual Studio Team Architect Edition, a component of the Visual Studio Team System announced at Tech Ed in San Diego in May. "It will help dispel misconceptions of .NET not being ready for enterprise development," Brust said.

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