Visual Studio 11: Not “Toolbars: The Program”{3}

The newest version of Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE is in beta now (though it was not yet when this article was written). Not yet named, it is codenamed Visual Studio 11. As Caleb Garling explains, the primary concern of the newest incarnation is being focused on designing for the metro environment of the new Windows 8 OS (which isn’t out yet, but hopefully won’t suck despite all signs pointing to the contrary). Visual Studio 11 will also include the newest version of .NET (4.5), and will surprisingly have “a reduction in the number of toolbar commands.” Which the author, along with everyone else who has used a Microsoft program, notes is “a departure for the company.” In this same vein, the program is said to be aimed more at “Joe developer rather than Joe Big Business developer.” Firstly, when Microsoft it wants “Joe developer” instead of “Joe big business developer,”  this is Microsoft’s way of saying “it supports mobile development” while not actually saying it, and instead using buzzword characterizations of their target audience. Secondly, THANK GOD they are finally ditching their habit of “throw as much as possible onto, like, 50 billion toolbars, and let the customers sort the rest out.” As for the name, Let’s be honest, the only reason they haven’t picked a name yet is because they are trying to come up with something cool other than Visual Studio 2012, which they will inevitably fail at, thus reverting to the cycle of Product Name + Release Year. There’s nothing wrong with that naming scheme, so I don’t see why they would change it now, considering they’ve relied on it since I was a child. Source: Garling, Caleb (2012). Microsoft Woos Joe Developer with new Visual Studio. Wired.