We are nearing the home stretch for Visual Studio 2005. While I am very excited about the potential impact of this release, I am equally if not more excited about the research we have underway in the Microsoft Research labs, particularly around software development and developer productivity.
Earlier today, Bill Gates spoke at the RSA Conference 2005 in San Francisco. Bill spoke about a Gartner report which looked at security problems and reported that 75 percent of all security problems occur at the applications level. He mentioned that 64 percent of the developers we polled rated writing secure code as a key new skill that they wanted to acquire and they wanted tools to really be able to go in and audit what they’re doing.
I read this article in CNet today about how Betas are becoming longer and how the lines between a Beta and the final product are blurring.
As you know, Microsoft Visual Studio took the lead in releasing CTPs (Community Technology Previews).
Tomorrow (2/7) I will be delivering the keynote address at VSLive in San Francisco. My talk will highlight the incredible momentum behind .NET and focus on Connected Systems – especially Smart Clients and Visual Studio Team System.
I don’t want to go into the details of my talk here.
Delivering high quality technologies, products and services is absolutely a top of mind, high priority focus item for Microsoft. We continue to expend a lot of our energies, resources and time looking for innovative ways of improving overall quality that directly drives up overall customer satisfaction.