Microsoft talked to News.com about plans for the next generation Windows software modeling tool, code-named Whitehorse. I've seen this tool in use, during one of the best Microsoft demos ever (5 minutes of Powerpoint, 50 minutes of using it), and I can honestly say that this will revolutionize software development in Visual Studio .NET. I'm still working on my “thorough rundown of Whitehorse” article, but believe me, it is nothing short of amazing.
InterKnowlogy's Huckaby said that Whitehorse will have broad ramifications. When he first saw a demonstration of Whitehorse, his immediate thought was that Microsoft's design effort would set the bar for all competing tools.
"The Whitehorse team has ambitious plans," Huckaby said. "But if they pull it off they will change the way applications are designed, built and delivered."
Relatively little has been said about Whitehorse so far. That's mostly because no one (myself included) can get their hands on it. At some point I'll try to get some screencaps from my PDC 2003 DVDs on the demos, and hopefully try to explain what is going on. It's by far the most exciting feature of Whidbey, hands down. From what I understand, it will be in the Summer beta of VS.NET.
WinInsider.com: What's Behind Whitehorse?
Eweek.com: Microsoft Embraces Modeling