James Governor started with ‘Microsoft Announces an Eclipse Project‘. Then Steve Wali follows up with his very insightful thought experiement for a Microsoft open source strategy. Part of his strategy is that MS should put Visual Studio into maintenance mode and start an Eclipse C# project. hmmmm…..
I actually think it would be very cool to have a Microsoft lead C# IDE at Eclipse. Lots of Eclipse users, also use Visual Studio. Most of Eclipse users are developing on Windows. There are also Eclipse plugins for MS Team Foundation Server. Why not offer Eclipse users one solution?
Microsoft wouldn’t need to give up Visual Studio; sorry Steve but if I was Microsoft, I wouldn’t give up Visual Studio. However, MS can easily afford the investment in multiple IDEs and the benefits of reaching out to the Eclipse and open source community seem to make this an easy decision? What do you think? Will MS will start and Eclipse project?
btw, interesting post about the differences between Visual Studio and Eclipse. I have seen this sentiment before; Eclipse is a tool built by developers for developers, Visual Studio is more for the drag’n drop crowd.