Monday, March 14, 2005

Microsoft to Sing Visual Studio's Virtues to Eclipse Crowd

Microsoft to Sing Visual Studio's Virtues to Eclipse Crowd
Although the Eclipse open-source development platform is the realm of Java and open-source aficionados, Microsoft Corp. will present a talk at the EclipseCon 2005 conference here on the virtues of its proprietary Visual Studio .Net development platform.

On Wednesday, Jason Weber, lead program manager for Visual Studio, will give a presentation on "Extending Visual Studio" to the EclipseCon 2005 audience of Eclipse developers.

"The reason we're going is we have a number of both partners and customers with heterogeneous offerings and IT environments, and this is a great place to talk to them about Visual Studio," said Nick Abbott, group manager for Microsoft's VSIP (Visual Studio Industry Partner) program.

"There are also a number of people who might not know about the extensibility of Visual Studio," Abbott said.

Indeed, Abbott said a large number of companies that target Eclipse also target Visual Studio. By some accounts, as many as 70 percent of the vendors supporting the Eclipse ecosystem also dabble in some way or support the Visual Studio world.

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