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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Adobe expects users to buy their Creative Suite once every year now?

Admittedly, the demo of Photoshop CS5 with the new and improved autofill region (the software looks at the image around what you want to fill and automatically fills it with something appropriate) was extremely impressive, but I could not justify the expenditure every year.

Unfortunately for me, I know that my local/state/federal government (read: public schools) will have no such problem. And so does Adobe.

If I'm not mistaken, Adobe CS4 was released mid-October of 2008. Isn't 18 months the normal time between CS releases? CS5 probably won't be out until May. Next week is just the announcement.

I actually like the consistent time frame they use. I simply buy every 2nd or 3rd edition of Photoshop.

To each his/her own.

Edited by COKid, Apr 7 2010, 5:17am : Removed extra text

COKid said,
If I'm not mistaken, Adobe CS4 was released mid-October of 2008. Isn't 18 months the normal time between CS releases? CS5 probably won't be out until May. Next week is just the announcement.

I actually like the consistent time frame they use. I simply buy every 2nd or 3rd edition of Photoshop.

To each his/her own.

I used Photoshop 6 for the longest time, then moved to CS2 which was version 9 iirc? Now i'm on CS4 and I doubt I'll be upgrading anytime soon again.

I'm still waiting for windows live mail to sync with windows mobile. How do you remove outlook from your os and expect winmo users to sync their canlanders without going through google first?

Yeah, most of that we knew... I'm curious if they're going to release anything related to Live Wave 4 which will have some Office Web Apps integration. Last time they released an update for the Zune client, people dug out info for Turtle/Pure so maybe they held off on certain bits and have more to release related to Zune. (client/social featuures or updates... or maybe at least some apps).

What a day for devs and tweens. lol

majg said,
Yeah, most of that we knew... I'm curious if they're going to release anything related to Live Wave 4 which will have some Office Web Apps integration. Last time they released an update for the Zune client, people dug out info for Turtle/Pure so maybe they held off on certain bits and have more to release related to Zune. (client/social featuures or updates... or maybe at least some apps).

What a day for devs and tweens. lol

I dunno about Wave 4 but that'd be nice, probably too soon imo. Some surprise new info would be good imo. I know the majority around here don't care about the project pink phones, but then, the people here aren't the target group/market for feature phones.

The Zune 4.5 update has been out for a bit now, so far no one has found any hidden bits so I don't know if any exist. It'd be cool if, with the RTM of VS2010 we get a updated tool set for WP7 in the process. New SL4 build (if it doesn't also RTM along with VS2010, I think they're dated together no?), and a updated WP7 emulator build with some more stuff working in it/unlocked.

Only time will tell.