Litigation is a machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage - Ambrose Bierce, allegedly
SOFTWARE VENDOR WITH PRIVACY ISSUES Microsoft has released the latest version of its applications development suite, Visual Studio 2010, along with a revision of its .Net framework.
The integrated development environment (IDE) went into release candidate status in February and now the Vole apparently has decided it is time to unleash this latest version of its text editor, debugger and memory hog upon the world at a developer gathering in Las Vegas.
Most of these launch affairs, unless hosted by the cappuccino company Apple, see the vendor talking up its interaction with developers in producing a tool that caters to their needs. This of course was no different, with Microsoft saying that feedback was "instrumental in shaping this release".
Not content with releasing an overweight version of Vi with debugging capabilities, Microsoft also announced the release of the latest version of its .Net framework. Microsoft said that .Net, now in its fourth iteration, finally "adds support for industry standards", although it didn't care to detail what those standards actually are.
However Microsoft developers presumably will breathe a sigh of relief to hear that both 3.5 and 4.0 of the .Net framework can be installed side by side to aid in testing applications.
Finally, web users everywhere will be able to rejoice later this week when the Vole will release its latest version of the web's favourite redundant plug-in, Silverlight.
Apparently offering "compelling application experiences", Silverlight has, apparently, been freed from the shackles of the browser environment with "extended out-of-browser capabilities".
That's just what you wanted to hear about an unnecessary proprietary standard based and closed source web browser plug-in that has had, at best, a rough ride on privacy issues since its inception. µ
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