Microsoft is planning to launch officially the Glidepath program on July 15 at the Shareware Industry Conference. Glidepath is the name of both the program and the Visual Studio 2005-related components and technology for building applications for Windows Vista and .Net Framework 3.0

Glidepath is part of Microsoft's Software Factory initiative – a Microsoft initiative about which the company has said relatively little during the past year.

Glidepath code packets can be downloaded via RSS into developers' software factories. Developers can write Glidepath components upon which other programmers can build and/or simply use Glidepath packages to build their own standalone apps, according to information on Microsoft's site.

The latest version (1.9) is available for download as the Project Glidepath Blog.