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Jun072018

Microsoft Outline Visual Studio 2019 Plans, Tests Under Sea Datacenter

What’s Next for Visual Studio, the shortest answer is Visual Studio 2019, Yes!! Microsoft announced that it’s in the early phase of planning the next version of its integrated development environment (IDE) Visual Studio, which will introduce support for more collaborative features, repository and artificial intelligence (AI).

That’s not all, Microsoft also wants the next release to be a “simple, easy upgrade for everyone”, and above all there goal is to make “Visual Studio 2019 install side-by-side with Visual Studio 2017.” And that it won’t require a “major operating system upgrade.”

Further, Microsoft said it remain committed to making Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio for Mac “faster, more reliable, more productive for individuals and teams, easier to use, and easier to get started with.” In other words, it will include improvements to features, like Live Code and IntelliCode making it even more better that the Studio 2017, which is the most accessible releases ever, helping developers with low-vision or no-vision be more productive.

Microsoft added, “Expect more and better refactoring, better navigation, more capabilities in the debugger, faster solution load, and faster builds.” Adding, “But also expect us to continue to explore how connected capabilities like Live Share can enable developers to collaborate in real time from across the world and how we can make cloud scenarios like working with online source repositories more seamless,” Microsoft said. “Expect us to push the boundaries of individual and team productivity with capabilities like IntelliCode, where Visual Studio can use Azure to train and deliver AI-powered assistance into the IDE.”

Though, Microsoft launched the most popular ever Visual Studio 2017 in March of 2017, and published seven updates since the initial GA, they’re not revealing a specific timeline for the release, instead they said, “we want to deliver Visual Studio 2019 quickly and iteratively.”

There is also no bits to preview yet, but the company said the best way to ensure you are on the cutting edge, you should try out the Visual Studio 2017 Preview.

In addition, by now Microsoft become the owner of GitHub, which is acquired by them recently, and lays the foundation for developer tools teams (especially .NET and Roslyn) as they do so much work in GitHub.

The company notes VSTS team plans to continue to invest in the Git open source ecosystem around Git, libgit2, Git for Windows, GVFS, etc. And, that VSTS and TFS already integrate with GitHub and “that integration will continue to deepen.”

“After the acquisition completes, GitHub will become another first class offering for VSTS customers. It will not live in the same portal as VSTS, but GitHub will have the same integration and traceability as our existing version control offerings. Over time we expect to grow GitHub to support the breadth of customer needs including enterprises. We are committed to you, our customers, and the solutions will live as parallel alternatives. Our intent is to provide TFS and VSTS services the same degree of traceability from code to cloud with GitHub as well as the current Git and TFVC version control solutions already hosted in VSTS and TFS.”

Microsoft is anticipating regulatory approval for the GitHub deal to happen before the end of 2018.

In other company news today, Microsoft has begun exploring a self-sustaining undersea data center, which could be dropped on the ocean floor near a population center as it plans to bring data centres much closer to the people.

Microsoft already has experimented Northern Isles data center under Project Natick, where it deployed a 3–foot Natick pod near the European Marine Energy Center of California to test the feasibility of manufacturing and operating environmentally sustainable, prepackaged datacenter units that can be ordered to size, rapidly deployed and left to operate lights out on the seafloor for years.

Now, the company is looking to do the same on the seafloor near Scotland’s Orkney Islands.
For the second phase, the company is leveraging technology from submarines to develop self-sufficient underwater datacenter that can deliver lightning-fast cloud services to coastal cities.

This time Project Natick’s carries a slightly larger “40-foot long Northern Isles datacenter is loaded with 12 racks containing a total of 864 servers and associated cooling system infrastructure.”

The datacenter was assembled and tested in France and shipped on a flatbed truck to Scotland where it was attached to a ballast-filled triangular base for deployment on the seabed. And, it looks to bring down the deployment time from two years to just 90 days.

The pods are designed to be self-sustaining and, the company hopes, will require no maintenance for a five-year period. By this time, the servers within one of these data centres would normally be retired anyway. The quarter of a megawatt required by the data centre is provided by 100% renewable energy via the Orkney electrical grid and the cooling system ingeniously relies on the copious amounts of water surrounding the pod to keep temperatures in check.

Microsoft’s aims to bring lower-latency cloud computing to a larger number of people, as well as to create a more environmentally friendly data centre.

Project Natick team will spend the next 12 months monitoring and recording the performance of the datacenter, keeping tabs on everything from power consumption and internal humidity levels to sound and temperature levels.

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