Microsoft to release Windows 7 and Expression 3 Studio soon


UPDATE: Expression 3 Studio now available for MSDN Subscribers.

I just saw a Jon Box comment on Facebook (assume it was a tweet he has connected) that Windows 7 was in the can and ready for release. Within the next couple of weeks, MSDN subscribers should be able to download the final version of Windows 7 and start using it as their main OS. The Official release for the public, as I understand it, is in October.

I also heard that we should see Expression 3 studio shortly, but since it was not from a Microsoft source, I am assuming it is a guess rather than “inside” information. It would not surprise me, however, as Silverlight 3 was released earlier in the month with a Blend 3 Preview. Since the Expression Web MVPs were released to blog about Expression Web 3, the final build has to be in the can and just awaiting someone to put it out.

The next major thing, for me at least, is the release of Visual Studio 2010, which I suspect will go to beta 2 soon and then be released to RTM by 1Q 2010 (perhaps even earlier, as MS has a habit of releasing to MSDN in November). Don’t try to hold anyone to these dates, as I am just taking an educated guess.

I am expecting something big surrounding SharePoint 14 (aka SharePoint 2010) as well. Microsoft has retooled Groove to become SharePoint Workspace and there are developer tools for SharePoint baked into Visual Studio 2010. My guess is we will see some of the baked in goodness in Visual Studio 2010 beta 2.

By the way, if you are curious about Office 2010, you can join the Connect site and download the bits. The products currently available are:

  • Office Professional 2010
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • OneNote
    • Outlook
    • Publisher
    • Access
  • Visio 2010
  • SharePoint Designer 2010
  • InfoPath 2010
  • SharePoint Workspace 2010
  • Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010
  • Other Products
    • Outlook Connector
    • Language Packs
    • Business Contact Manager Database Tool

Realize that you play with this at your own risk, as with all ‘betas”.

Peace and Grace,
Greg

Twitter: @gbworld

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