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Feature Specifications for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework

Last week Microsoft released the feature specifications for the .NET Framework codenamed "Orcas" and the next version of Visual Studio.  Among the more notable additions comes multi-targeting across versions of the .NET Framework, a feature that was noticeably absent from Visual Studio 2005. 

John Rivard, VB Architect, provides this reasoning behind the decision:

In juggling priorities, costs, and benefits for Whidbey, the Visual Studio team determined it would be better to continue with a side-by-side toolset strategy than to delve the depths of cross-targeting from a single tool.

Features in the January CTP and specifications posted:

  • Folder Diff (TFS)
  • Continuous Integration (TFS)
  • Large Group Sync (TFS)
  • Psuedo Multi-Targetting (Dev Tools)
  • VS Proxy Services (Dev Tools)
  • VS Settings Migration (Dev Tools)
  • Multi-Targetting (C++)
  • Versioning of VC++ Libraries (C++)
  • ListView (UI Frameworks)
  • Partial Page Rendering (UI Frameworks)
  • Mapping Format (C#)
  • XLinq (C#)
  • SystemSettings Extensions (.NET CF)
  • Support for Web Application Projects (Team Architect)

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