Visual Studio 2005 update


We are now about 77 days from the November 7, 2005 launch of Visual Studio 2005, one of the most significant releases in the history of the Developer Division.  We have been releasing Community Technology Previews regularly since Beta 2 and will have one coming out in August as well.  I wanted to take a moment and update you on our progress towards shipping the final product.


 


In September, we will release another milestone in the lead up to launch with the delivery of the first Visual Studio 2005 Release Candidate (“RC”).  Visual Studio 2005 RC1 offers significant enhancements and greater quality over our previous Beta releases.  This is when we go into “escrow mode”.  RC will be made available to our MSDN subscribers, early adopters, and beta customers.


 


To reiterate, Visual Studio 2005 enables what I call “personalized productivity”.  Visual Studio 2005 offers a host of productivity improvements that will ease the development of Windows, Web, Office, and mobile solutions while reaching out to a wider variety of roles and skill-sets. The Visual Studio Express Editions, for example, will enable hobbyists, enthusiasts, and students to learn how to program and code for fun.  In addition, Visual Studio Team System expands the Visual Studio product line with software lifecycle tools that enable teams to communicate and collaborate more effectively throughout the software development process.


 


Simultaneously with Visual Studio 2005 RC1, we will also release Beta 3 of Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server (TFS). TFS is Microsoft’s server-based product for team collaboration and is part of the Visual Studio 2005 wave of products. 


 


TFS Beta 3 will include a Go Live license along with technical support for Premier customers, enabling organizations to begin deployment of their Team System collaboration tools immediately.  The Go Live license will also enable us to solicit an additional round of feedback from customers prior to shipping.  We have received fantastic feedback from customers, partners, and our own internal use so far.  Over the next several months, I want to encourage you to exercise TFS under your real-world conditions and send us feedback via the MSDN Product Feedback Center.


 


At Visual Studio 2005 launch, we will continue supporting TFS Beta 3 with the rest of Visual Studio 2005.    Further, all data within TFS Beta 3 will migrate seamlessly and in-place to the final version of TFS.  We will ship TFS in the first quarter of 2006.


 


As I mentioned above, Visual Studio 2005 is slated to launch on November 7, 2005 in San Francisco.  Immediately following that main launch event, we will hold 90+ additional launch events around the world.  I encourage you to attend your local launch events, learn from Microsoft experts on-site, win some great prizes, and even get free copies of Visual Studio 2005.


 


This is going to be a fantastic launch with great support from our partners.  I want to thank you all very much for your support and advice throughout the release cycle for Visual Studio 2005.  We’re proud of the work we’ve done, and we sincerely hope you will be as well.


 


Namaste!


Comments (76)

  1. Check out Soma’s blog announcing the VS2005 Release Candidate as well as Beta 3 of Team Foundation. Team…

  2. Check out Soma’s blog announcing the VS2005 Release Candidate as well as Beta 3 of Team Foundation. Team…

  3. Check out Soma’s blog announcing the VS2005 Release Candidate as well as Beta 3 of Team Foundation. Team…

  4. В сентябре выйдет RC1 Visual Studio 2005 и Beta 3 Team Foundation Server

  5. Eric Jarvi says:

    Soma officially announced the logistics of Visual Studio 2005 + Team Foundation Server scheduling this…

  6. Buck Hodges says:

    Beta 3 for Team Foundation will be released in September along with Visual Studio 2005 Release Candidate…

  7. Vi ligger fortfarande i fas för att lansera Visual Studio 2005 och .NET Framework 2.0 den 7:e november…

  8. Alex Odintsov says:

    Thanks for the update!

    Can you tell if the migration process from TS Beta2 to Beta3 will be seamlessly?

  9. Dave says:

    While I know we should be running VS2005 in test environments, it would be good to have a ‘Cleanup tool’ around when RC1 ships that will purge a system of VS2005 Beta 1/2 bits that any uninstallers will know doubt leave. That will help us focus on testing RC1. Thanks!

  10. For those of you who’ve had a look at the new Team

    Foundation Server stuff, we’ve…

  11. I was scanning the usual sources for an update on Visual Studio 2005 and Team Foundation Server over…

  12. We are now about 77 days from the November 7, 2005 launch of Visual Studio 2005, one of the most significant releases in the history of the Developer Division.

  13. Well, I was flying today and just saw that Soma’s confirmed it here [0].

    At least there’s a Go Live…

  14. I was scanning the usual sources for an update on Visual Studio 2005 and Team Foundation Server over…

  15. I’m sure by now you have read about Visual Studio 2005 Release Candidate 1 and Team Foundation Server…

  16. hgao says:

    We have an uninstall utility that uninstalls ALL Visual Studio 2005 public Betas and CTPs for Express, Professional, Standard, Team System client edition (The tool is NOT for TFS).

    Click the following to try out the Beta version of this tool.

    http://hgao888.members.winisp.net/vs_uninst.exe

    Note: Check back the same location in 2-4 weeks as the current version of this tool will not uninstall the builds after 08/16 and we will be updating this tool soon.

    More info see http://blogs.msdn.com/hgao

  17. Hi Soma,

    I like to attend this fantastic launch event in Bangalore[ India ]..so where i can find this details and launch date.

    please keep updating about this..

    Maheshkumar.R

    cyberiafreak@gmail.com

  18. James says:

    VPC Image

    Can I ask that a VPC Image be provided for TFS B3 at release time? The one provided for B2 was fantastically useful, I just wish it had come sooner.

    -James

  19. Unknown says:

    FYI your name "Namaste" in Greek means "here you are" (na maste) which actually fits perfect to the current situation, as VS.Net 2005 is close to it’s final state/release.

  20. S. Somasegar, VP of Microsoft’s developer division, provides info on the timeline leading up to launch….

  21. S. Somasegar (Microsoft Corporate VP, Developer Div.) lays out the timeline for the run up to the launch of Visual Studio 2005 in a post on his weblog

  22. Salman says:

    looking forward to the release, vs.net has to be one of the best development tools i’ve ever used. when i was in redmond a few years back, it was great to see how you guys welcome feedback and actual take steps to put our feedback in place.

  23. Soma Somasegar: "At Visual Studio 2005 launch, we will continue supporting TFS Beta 3 with the rest of…

  24. Soma Somasegar: "At Visual Studio 2005 launch, we will continue supporting TFS Beta 3 with the rest of…

  25. Soma Somasegar: "At Visual Studio 2005 launch, we will continue supporting TFS Beta 3 with the rest of…

  26. Soma Somasegar: "At Visual Studio 2005 launch, we will continue supporting TFS Beta 3 with the rest of…

  27. Soma Somasegar: "At Visual Studio 2005 launch, we will continue supporting TFS Beta 3 with the rest of…

  28. Soma Somasegar: "At Visual Studio 2005 launch, we will continue supporting TFS Beta 3 with the rest of…

  29. DevDiv VP Somasegar has posted information about the Visual Studio 2005 launch. Check it out here:

  30. Soma provides an update on prereleases of Visual Studio 2005 and Team Foundation Server leading up to the product launch on 7 November 2005…

  31. Simon Geering says:

    Soma, firstly thank you for keeping the community up to date on what’s going on with dates. Do you know where I can find information on how much this will cost to purchase, and if it will be possible to advance order a copy for shipping on day of release?

  32. Peter Horvath says:

    Good Day

    thank you for your information. I have but some questions:

    Where can I download CTP of Visual Studio or will there be public links?

    I have downloaded June CTP of SQL express but cannot find newer version of VS2005 anywhere. Just beta2 versions, from April.

    Will there be Express editions avaiable too?

    Will I need some newer .NET framework 2.0 runtime/SDK to install? Or will current Beta2 be sufficient?

    Thanks for answers

  33. Tonight I went to the monthly dotNed user group meeting. Dennis Mulder and Pieter de Bruin of Avanade…

  34. 77 days before the official lunch date of Visual Studio 2005 (November 7th, 2005) Microsoft has announced that they will ship a Release Candidate next month. However, RC1 will only be available to MSDN subscribers, early adopters and beta customers. The Release Candidate is said to hold significant enhancements and greater quality over previous Beta releases.

  35. We had been waiting to refresh our TFS server with new bits but looks like the July CTP will be…

  36. Tonight I went to the monthly dotNed user group meeting. Dennis Mulder and Pieter de Bruin of Avanade…

  37. John Bailey says:

    For those of us building solutions under the go live license for Visual Studio Beta 2, can we move these solutions to use the release candidate, or should we continue to use Beta 2?

  38. Vikram says:

    When you say Sept, is it mid Sept or end of Sept?

  39. 77 days to the launch of Visual Studio 2005. Somasgear blogs about upates for Visual Studio 2005:…

  40. Un "blog" ça vient de "web log" (journal web), on devrait donc y écrire librement comme on écrit dans…

  41. Steve Graves says:

    For those of us building solutions under the go live license for Visual Studio Beta 2, can we move these solutions to use the release candidate, or should we continue to use Beta 2?

  42. With an official

    release date for Visual Studio 2005 and a beta 3 release of Team Foundation

    Server…

  43. slyi says:

    RC1 must be coming soon

    Is there any offical date/anouncement yet?

  44. Diego Vega says:

    Visual Studio 2005 Release Candidate is available since late yesterday on MSDN, but subscriber downloads site has been down most morning and afternoon. Very unfortunatelly there is no go live for RC.

  45. The SQL Server 2005 September CTP is now available; if you’re interested inchecking out the latest versions…

  46. Vinod Kushwaha says:

    Hi,

    I would like to attend this event in New Delhi. When is it happening there? Please send me some details.

    Thanks,

  47. Kyle Alons says:

    "Simultaneously with Visual Studio 2005 RC1, we will also release Beta 3 of Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server (TFS)."

    RC1 is on subscriber downloads, where is TFS Beta 3?

  48. TFS Beta 3 Ready to go…I guess…