TechEd EMEA- Latest Innovations from Microsoft Help Developers Build Better Applications, Faster

During the keynote address at Microsoft TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers, Jason Zander, General Manager of the Developer Division at Microsoft Corp., highlighted how Microsoft is dramatically simplifying everyday development tasks through recently released technologies, such as Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, and the forthcoming Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 releases.

Designed to simplify and improve the day-to-day experiences for millions of developers, Visual Studio 2010 will deliver:

  • Windows 7 support

  • Office Business Applications support

  • A WPF-based editor

  • Further C++ investments

More information about Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 is available at

In addition to disclosing more information about Visual Studio 2010, Zander announced new programs and tools modeled after its internal Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) that enable software developers to create more secure and privacy-enhanced applications.

The SDL Optimization Model and the Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling Tool are available for download today at More information on the SDL Pro Network is available at

Microsoft also announced a big step forward in the world of digital identity, unveiling the first public beta of a software platform, code-named “Geneva”, which will help developers create applications across the ‘cloud’, between organizations and on-premises with a single, simplified and open identity model. “Geneva” implements the shared industry vision of an interoperable Identity Metasystem via support for industry standard protocols such as WS-* and SAML and other interoperability capabilities. Additionally, Microsoft announced a collaboration with Orange and eBay on a proof-of-concept customer experience for eBay Powersellers and Orange network users that would use Windows® Cardspace “Geneva”, the next generation of Microsoft’s identity card selector for users.

For more on these announcements and to view the full press release, please visit the TechEd Global Pressroom.

Jason Zander gives an overview of the announcements in his keynote in this video: