The software giant also plans to announce a low-cost edition of Visual Studio to try to expand use of its flagship programming application, according to sources familiar with the company's plans. Details are expected at Microsoft's TechEd Europe conference this week in Amsterdam.
According to a Weblog from Microsoft's Visual Studio development team, the company is very close to completing the first beta for Visual Studio 2005, code-named Whidbey, and second beta of SQL Server 2005, code-named Yukon. In March, Microsoft said it needed to delay delivery of the products until next year, which had originally been expected by the end of last year. An original beta of Yukon came out late last year.
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