Microsoft plans to release its first "Orcas" beta this month, giving developers a peek at the next version of its Visual Studio development tools. The company hasn't set a target launch date for Orcas, and it expects to release at least one more beta after the first one, Microsoft Developer Division head S. "Soma" Somasegar said in an interview on Monday.
"We'll play it by ear. We know we need another beta," he said. "We need to make sure that we are able to look at the feedback and take time to incorporate it." Orca's first beta won't be feature-complete, but it will be more robust than the Community Technology Preview releases that Microsoft has dropped throughout the past year. Microsoft recently shipped its last software development kit update for Visual Studio 2005, its current Visual Studio edition, as it shifted more development resources to Orcas.
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