Visual Studio 2008 release dates announced
Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas), Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn Server) and SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) will be launched on February 27th 2007. See http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jul07/07-10WPCDay1PartnersPR.mspx for the official announcement. As we inch towards that date, the bar to fix or leave bugs in the product will rise higher and higher. This is just a reality of software development. The next milestone will happen in approximately two weeks with the release of Beta 2. With these developments, I have a request and a piece of advice. Take a project you have been working on and load it in Orcas Beta1. See what works and more importantly what breaks. File some bugs at https://connect.microsoft.com/. Once Beta2 comes out, do this again as soon as you can. The bugs you file earlier are more likely to be fixed. Yes, Microsoft tests very aggressively, however, real world applications and edge cases will expose bugs that even the best QA teams will miss. Many of these bugs, if filed late, will be categorized as “bugs that will only impact a small population of developers since most devs do not use these techniques.” If the techniques where common enough, they would have ended up in the QA team’s test matrices. Now they may be categorized as low priority and due to the time constraints of meeting a deadline, may never get fixed. So if you want to make sure that your existing apps will work great in Orcas without headache, the best thing you can do is to take a day or so and test them on Orcas as soon as possible. Remember, as the clock ticks to February 27th, chances of getting your bugs fixed becomes less and less. So act today.