Feeds

'Live' Visual Studio on drawing board

Looking for features

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Microsoft is starting work on a "live" version of its Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) and is courting input from Windows developers on the project.

John Montgomery, a director who spent seven years in Microsoft developer division marketing, has become a product manager to help define features in Visual Studio Live.

Montgomery already has some ideas about what Visual Studio Live will offer, but is looking for more input.

Bill Gates, Microsoft's chief software architect, launched the "live software" strategy last November. Live software taps into a growing trend for software to be delivered online, with relevant data and content held on back-end servers.

Microsoft has already pitched the Office Live and Windows Live services, which have emerged as fairly uninspiring and unoriginal hosted website and email services and links to other websites and communities of interest.

According to Montgomery, Visual Studio 2005 - also launched last November - already contains some online features. These include help that searches the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and Microsoft's CodeZone community in addition to locally installed .hxs files for answers.

There is no word when Microsoft plans to roll out Visual Studio Live, although - if Web 2.0 as typified by Windows Live is anything to go by - we will probably see a beta made available online for testing well in advance of the first full offering. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?
Google's app permissions far too lax – security firm survey
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
OpenWRT gets native IPv6 slurping in major refresh
Also faster init and a new packages system
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.