A raft of updates are expected at next week's Microsoft Tech Ed show in San Diego, including the release of Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Internet Security & Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 and possibly beta one of Visual Studio 2005.
As of late Thursday, the status of the first beta of the new Visual Studio toolkit, code-named Whidbey, remained day to day. Best-guess estimates from company insiders that it would surface at Tech Ed, as planned, ranged from "likely" to "iffy." A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to comment on the timing of the beta (see story).
Whether or not the bits are available for download next week, many industry observers expect Microsoft to delve more deeply into Whitehorse, the modeling capabilities slated to be part of the new toolkit. The technology is designed to allow corporate developers to work with less-technical business analysts on redefining business processes, which would help speed application development
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