Now THIS is newsworthy. eWeek reports that Microsoft "...is investigating how to apply its software-as-a-service strategy to developers' needs." I'd like to proudly call out the fact that practically the entire story is based on a pair of blog posts from two very senior level Microsoft managers: Soma Somasegar and John Montgomery!
"John Montgomery said his new role [in our Developer Division] is to "help define what a 'Live' version of Visual Studio might look like. If you think about Office Live and Windows Live, you can see that 'Live' is coming together to mean 'software that is smarter when it's online and back-ended by a set of services.' I think most developers get this concept intuitively—that software can (and should) be better when it's online." Why, why, why can't eWeek put links in their articles to the blogs they cite. Infuriating. Here's a link th John Montgomery's post: Not "Visual Studio Live": Call It "Tuscany".
John reports up to Microsoft VP, Soma Somasegar who recently wrote, "Now, what do these services mean for the developer community? As always, developers within and outside Microsoft will remain Microsoft’s core constituency. There are 2 things that I think about in this context:
What sorts of development tools would you like to consume as a service? .NET Intellisense for Notepad? ;-) A T-SQL debugger for SQL Server's latest release? ...?