Only paying subscribers to Microsoft's developers program will receive the final version of its Visual Studio.Net developer software by the end of the year, while most members of its developers network will have to wait until February 13, 2002 to get a copy.
Several hundred thousand paying subscribers of the Microsoft Developers Network (MSND) will be the first to get their hands on the new software development tool next month, said David Lazar, the lead product manager for Microsoft's tools group.
The final version of the software will be widely released two months later during the VS Live developer conference in San Francisco, he said.
Anticipated as the set of tools that will facilitate Microsoft's lofty plans to build applications and Web-based services using technology standards such as XML, the software has been tested by approximately 2.5 million developers since it was first released in beta last year.
"Of course they've submitted a lot of bugs," Lazar said. "And we've been in major bug-crunching mode."
Still, as many as 25 companies around the world have already begun deploying applications built with the beta versions of the software. Five companies, including Verizon Wireless and electronic commerce company CafePress.com, announced last week that they have completed major application deployments using the beta 2 version of Visual Studio.Net.
"The beta is incredibly stable," Lazar said, adding that Microsoft for the first time offered a licence for its beta product that allowed companies to deploy applications with the tools.