In a blog post clarifying the scope of the coming version of Delphi (focused on native Win32 development), Nick Hodges (Delphi Product Manager) has announced the name of the new version: Delphi 2009. There will be also C++Builder 2009, and you'll be able to buy them as separate products or bound together in a single IDE. Nick claims that "Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009 are the best native RAD development tools anywhere" and I tend to agree.

Nick also announced that beside the classic Professional and Enterprise versions, there will be an Architect edition including ER/Studio Developer Edition, produced by the DatabaseGear side of Embarcadero Technologies. This versions of Delphi won't have .NET support and Nick hints at a coming new Delphi .NET roadmap.

See you back on September 1st, I'll be 10 days off line, starting tomorrow. I'm heading to Corsica (or Corse), the French island very close to Italy.