Just in time to keep a future Visual Studio on the horizon before we actually make landfall on the shores of the new one, Microsoft have done the deed and made their first remarks on Visual Studio 10, part of the platform suite codenamed 'Oslo'. Corporate VP of their Connected Systems Division Robert Wahbe (resembling a smarter version of Statto) made the remarks during his keynote at the the fifth annual Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference on October 30.

Promising a stronger commitment to service oriented architecture and many other buzzwords aside - some of which will most likely have been superceded by its release in time for the first announcement of codename Copenhagen in 2010 - Oslo will include VS 10, .NET 4 (or 4.x where 0 <= x <= 10), Biztalk 6, and the first drop of Hailstorm for Businesses Biztalk Services. So, geeks and gals, it looks at this point that WCF and Workflow are where it'll be at in 2011 or so when this little lot gets officially released.

I wonder how much of the underlying architecture for this will be part of Windows Server 7 or introduced in a service pack for Windows Server 2008? From a developer perspective, it's interesting that it's the business layer paving the way for what will be probably a series of not-quite-blue-sky announcements for Oslo and VS\.NET. Is it that the existing bolt-on stacks for VS2008 (Silverlight, Dynamic Languages, Entity Modelling, ASP.NET MVC, AJAX Futures) already give a good indication of what to expect in the next three or four years for the presentation and the data layers or that Oslo is something MS have been working on for long enough that they can already sketch out the playing field for us?

Given the ratio of buzzwords to substance in this first throw of the dice, let's hope that the very least MS can do in future keynotes on VS 2011 is give it a more exotic codename. Oslo leaves me as cold as the city itself.