More than just Pink coming on April 12

Next Monday, April 12, looks set to be a busy day for Microsoft. With their mystery event - confirmed earlier today as the launch of Project Pink - scheduled for then, it seems that the day may also see a few more product launches and milestones reached by the Redmond company.

The Pink phones, described by Paul Thurrot as a "new side business" and said to offer "a texting/social networking phone platform for teenagers", will have their launch event in San Francisco on the same day that the new version of Microsoft's Visual Studio software is launched in Las Vegas (and other locations worldwide). The Visual Studio 2010 launch day has been scheduled for a while now, having been delayed from an originally planned March 22 date.

We're also hearing that following the release of the latest Zune 4.5 firmware update yesterday, the rumoured 64GB Zune HD device will launch on April 12. The new model seems identical to the existing 16GB and 32GB Zunes but with a large increase in memory capacity. Don't expect a lavish launch event for this, but keep your eyes peeled if you're thinking of buying a Zune sometime soon.

Even more rumours that have come our way suggest that Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will hit RTM (Release To Manufacturing) on the very same day, keeping to the RTM target set last month. The latest version of Microsoft's Office suite is expected to be released on June 15 of this year.

In date-related news, Adobe also plan to launch a new product next Monday with the release of their Creative Suite 5 (CS5) range of software. The suite includes new versions of Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat.

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