Microsoft is releasing on Wednesday a technology preview of its Volta Web developer toolset, which is intended to make it easier to build multitier Web applications, including applications useful in SaaS (software as a service) environments.
With Volta, developers can use C#, Visual Basic, IronPython, or other .Net languages that utilize .Net libraries and tools, Microsoft said. But taking advantage of Volta requires the newly released Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 toolset because Volta will not work with the earlier Visual Studio 2005 release, said Alex Daley, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs, which is helping to develop Volta.
The preview is accessible on Microsoft Live Labs' Web page. With Volta, developers do not have to tailor the application specifically for the Web, said Daley.