Visual Studio to be Opened
An InfoWorld article suggests that Microsoft has opened up Visual Studio to third parties, allowing them to extend and redistribute it. Rational Software plan to integrate a new Java compiler to replace the existing J++ compiler. I don't envy any of the partners the task though - even Microsoft have failed to integrate their flagship development tool, Visual Basic, into the environment. I have to say that in my opinion Visual Studio is the biggest text editor in existence, just about every other feature it sports is either broken or simply a waste of space.