I was pleased to see Somasegar’s blog post last week announcing that the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 release is being delayed. The reason: quality. The Beta 2, whilst good, isn’t up to the standard they wanted in order to meet the current release schedule. Thus, they’re going to extend the beta period in order to get it right. In fact they’re going add an additional release in Feb to make sure they’ve fixed all issues.
This is good news. One of the priorities for Microsoft over the last 3 years has been an increased focus on quality (see this post for another example). It’s permeated most of their products, not the least of which has been the wonderful Windows 7 release (seriously – how many complaints have you heard so far?).
Changing schedules isn’t something that Microsoft takes lightly I’m sure – especially when their marketing teams are well down the track of planning release events and the like. It means for example that the Australian ALM conference is going to be re-scheduled (I’ll be blogging about this event in a separate post – but suffice to say I’d strongly recommend attending if you can).
Oh and by the way, in case you are wondering what an ALM Conference has to do with Visual Studio, you won’t be in the dark too long. A big focus of Visual Studio 2010 is in capturing the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) market – they’ve been talking about it for a while now – so brace yourself for ALM branding coming from all angles (in fact it looks like they may even be removing references to Team System etc).
Visual Studio 2010 is going to be an important release for Microsoft in the Enterprise space. And whilst this may initially alienate some of the smaller dev shops, I’m reasonably confident the new TFS Basic options, debugging tools, Azure templates and countless other enhancements will be enough to keep them feeling included.
Finally, if you are keen to get up to speed on the TFS side of things then I recommend Adam Cogan’s SSW Brain Quest Tour. He’ll be covering Team Foundation Server 2010 in detail (specifically from the project management point of view) as well as SharePoint 2010. Sign up here (it’s pretty cheap). Most of the dates aren’t until next year, but if you are in Melbourne then you might want to take a look right now (the course is on Thursday).