DevExpress acquires Visual Studio 2008 and earlier

01 April 2010

Joe King, Senior Developer

[UPDATE: The following post was just a joke for April’s Fools Day and we hope you had a good laugh with us. It’s not for real. Or ... is it? In the Matrix you can never tell. JMB.]

GLENDALE, CA., 4/1/2010. In a deal to be formally announced at DevConnections on April 12 at the time Visual Studio 2010 is released, DevExpress has acquired all rights, intellectual property, and development teams for prior versions of Visual Studio (2002, 2003, 2005, and 2008). Microsoft spokesman Flip O’Roal explained “Visual Studio 2010 shows the way forward both in using WPF within the IDE and in designing and developing applications with WPF and Silverlight. The older WinForms support is tedious to maintain, so we’re happy that DevExpress, being the premier third-party vendor of WinForms controls, have taken over the mature Visual Studio product line with a view to producing a competing IDE for .NET developers.” Avril Poisson, Program Manager for the Visual Studio 2010 UI, added, “We feel we have the better product of course but we recognize that there are a lot of WinForms developers still out there. May the best IDE win!”

“No doubt, it’s a big opportunity for us,” said Julian Bucknall, CTO for DevExpress, “and we have high hopes for success. For a start we shall at long last have the ability to make Visual Studio an add-in to CodeRush.” Mark Miller, Chief Architect for DevExpress’ IDE productivity tools, clarified: “Once CodeRush drives Visual Studio, you can expect even more stunning refactorings, better code templates and navigation, and more complete code issue analysis than ever before.”

Because of various copyright issues, Visual Basic is not part of the deal. “That, of course, is no problem,” explained Joe King, Senior Developer. “At DevConnections, we’ll also be announcing the public beta for our new VD Remedy add-in which will convert Visual Basic code to Delphi for compilation with our new Delphi back-end.” Negotiations are in train to encourage Anders Hejlsberg to transfer to DevExpress to head this initiative.

For more details on this momentous deal, we strongly advise you to visit the DevExpress Visual Studio acquisition page.

18 comment(s)
Oliver Sturm (DevExpress)

Very nice :-)

1 April, 2010
Reza Qorbani

That was FUN!

1 April, 2010
Miguel Castro

Almost a shame I know you guys so well :)

1 April, 2010
Jamal Assaf

....Too GOOD to be TRUE !! ....probably it is.

1 April, 2010
Crono

Hahaha this is funny! :D

1 April, 2010
Rich Ackerson

Nice one! :-)

1 April, 2010
Frank Kerrigan

Gosh... as someone that actually uses vs2003 and vs2008 on a daily basis this might be good thing. We have loads of live legacy code in various .NET versions which still gets changed and updated on a regular basis.

1 April, 2010
David Shannon

This date will go down in history... way down...

1 April, 2010
David Shannon

This date will go down in history... way down...

1 April, 2010
IBondy

Congratulation on great acquisition. Future looks great for DevExpress.

1 April, 2010
Laverson

hahaha  this is very Funny :-P

1 April, 2010
Carl Pritchard

I was actually feeling positive about the idea - thinking this could develop into something really cool.

Then read about VB not included (VB developer) and felt my heart sink.

So you really got me!! (not helped by it coming in late afternoon here in UK - so thought I was safe as after noon).

Well done (unless - I feel a conspiracy theory coming on) - you are really testing reaction to an idea!!

1 April, 2010
Pedro Fernandes

Happy April 1st

1 April, 2010
S McGuire

You got me, totally. I am smiling thinking about how much I hate April 1st.

1 April, 2010
MrBrad92122

Ah, what a wonderful day it is...  early spring, April.  The flowers are blooming and Google has changed it's name to Topeka.

Did you know that if you type "recursion" as a search term in Topeka it asks if meant "recursion"?

1 April, 2010
David Gipson

Oh yes, and I heard you have the rights to Windows 2.0 AND Windows for Workgroups too. What a coup!

2 April, 2010
Brendon Muck [DevExpress MVP]

A better negotiator would have been able to get them to throw Microsoft Bob into the deal...

2 April, 2010
Christian

Okay, I'm late to the table, but "VD Remedy"?? *snigger*

4 April, 2010

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