Microsoft Solidifies Software Launch Plans

Microsoft Tuesday dribbled out more details of the planned Nov. 7 launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 at its TechEd 2005 Europe conference in Amsterdam. The kickoff event will be Nov. 7 in San Francisco, followed by more than 90 events in 50 countries through the rest of the month, said Andy Lees, corporate vice president of Server and Tools Marketing, in his keynote address at the conference.

One Microsoft partner expects that while Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 will be available at launch time, BizTalk Server 2006 likely will be in beta with the full release available next year. "Don't expect it to come out in November," said Andrew Brust, chief of new technology for New York-based consulting firm and Microsoft partner Citigate Hudson.

News source: InfoWorld

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