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Preditions for the future of application development at Tech•Ed

3 June 2008

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates shared his predictions for the future of application development in front of more than 5,000 developers at Microsoft's Tech•Ed North America 2008 Developers conference today.

Joined onstage by other Microsoft executives and technology luminaries including S. Somasegar, David Campbell and Brian Harry, Gates discussed Microsoft's aim at making it easier for developers to tackle complex tasks such as creating compelling user experiences, building data-driven applications, managing large enterprise projects and capitalising on emerging trends including cloud computing, modeling and natural language programming.

Microsoft made several announcements at the event, including announcing that August will be the release date of Internet Explorer 8 beta 2, a technical collaboration with IBM, availability of Silverlight 2 beta 2, and the launch of the Microsoft project code-named "Velocity," a distributed in-memory application cache platform.

"When I think back on the early days of development when we were all programming in DOS, and then take a look at what we can do now with technologies like the .NET Framework, it simply amazes me how far we’ve come," Gates said.

I started out as a developer and that's what I remain at heart, so I have a personal interest in the future of the field. I am confident that the path we are laying out today will serve you well into the future," he said.

A new version of Visual Studio 2008 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 v1.2, which will allow developers to use Visual Studio 2008 to extend the value of Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server by providing a simplified development environment, was also announced.

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