PC World - Microsoft Corp. said today that it will be releasing Visual Studio 2008 and its .Net Framework 3.5 technology by the end of this month. Today at the TechEd Developers 2007 conference in Barcelona, Spain, corporate vice president of Microsoft's developer division, Soma Somasegar made the announcement. He also announced a Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of a new tool that developers will be able to use to enable collaboration and offline capabilities for any applications. Although the Web has changed what users expect in terms of interaction with desktop and Internet applications, companies have been challenged to build "richer, more connected applications and services" that could help them boost productivity and increase revenue, Somasegar said in a statement. He added that Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 will let developers use their existing skills to build more "compelling" applications for end users.