Microsoft has released on Monday its flagship development tool, Visual Studio 2008, to developer subscribers as a download.
The product line has included several editions, ranging from the low-end Visual Studion 2005 Express (used by students and hobbyists) to Visual Studio Team System (a suite with a server geared at a team of programmers).
Formally code-named Orcas, Visual Studio has features for developer productivity, workflow, data handling and also front-end development for Windows Vista.
The release includes a new developed technology from Microsoft called Language Integrated Query (LINQ), aimed at making it easier to build applications that tap into different data sources.
The product will also include visual modelling tools, a step in the company’s plans to simplify application modelling and make it mainstream. It is based on the latest version of the .Net Framework, the underlying software written with Visual Studios to run applications.
Visual Studio 2008 will be formally launched on February 27 next year, along with Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.