On February 13th, 2002, the first version of .NET was released as part of Visual Studio.NET. This week marks its 15th birthday.
We finally have a launch date for Visual Studio 2017; it will be March 7th. Microsoft plans to commemorate the launch with a virtual keynote presentation, which will also be Microsoft's recognition of the 20th anniversary of the release of Visual Studio (Visual Studio 97 in 1997).
Build, Microsoft's premier developer conference opened registration on February 14th. The conference is already sold out but you can join the wait list.