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August 15, 2005

No delay for Visual Studio 2005

Posted by David Hunter at 6:02 PM ET.

From CNET, Microsoft rejects Visual Studio delay request:

Microsoft has rejected a request from developers to push back delivery of its oft-delayed Visual Studio 2005 in order to fix bugs.

In addition, the software giant said it will include a significant new feature that will be introduced in an interim release of Visual Studio 2005 in the next week.

Through a feedback form on the Microsoft Developer Network Web site, developer customers asked Microsoft to release a third beta of Visual Studio 2005, which is due for completion on Nov. 7.

In the original suggestion, a customer said that Visual Studio 2005, which had a second beta program in April, has too many bugs and performance problems. “I’d rather have a good product six months from now than a mediocre one in three months,” wrote Clint Stotesbery on Thursday.

The majority of developers who wrote into the suggestion forum agreed, saying that the quality of the product was more important than meeting the Nov. 7 deadline. Visual Studio 2005, formerly code-named Whidbey, will arrive at least one year later than originally planned.

Hopefully, this is good news.

The “significant new feature” is a new implementation for the System.Nullable data type which is described by S. “Soma” Somasegar, vice president of Microsoft’s developer division, in a post on his blog. He also mentions that the August CTP for Visual Studio 2005 should be out in the next week or so.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Executives, Tools, VS 2005

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