Microsoft is hard at work on the Eclipse Integrated Development Tool (IDE) 3.6 a first-class citizen on Windows 7. In partnership with Tasktop Technologies, the Redmond company has been contributing code to Eclipse in an effort to tailor the IDE to Win7. “Microsoft is providing funding, technical & architectural assistance and Tasktop is implementing and contributing code. The goal is to improve Eclipse to take advantage of new features in Win7. This’ll empower eclipse developers to be productive and have a compelling experience developing apps using Eclipse on Win7. For this first phase, we’ve been focusing on user interface components to allow Eclipse developers to take advantage of new user interface features offered by Win7, directly from Eclipse IDE and from any desktop apps built on top of Eclipse platform,” Rajagopalan stated.