Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2010 – now available for download



Visual Studio 2010 had been in testing ( betas, release candidate ) since some time now . Today, Microsoft has finally launched Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4. Silverlight 4 will also be released to Web in the later part of this week.

You can head on over to Microsoft’s website and purchase Visual Studio 2010 Professional or Ultimate Edition right now. You can also download the trial version so that you can first have a feel of it and buy it if you are pleased with it.

President of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft said:


Customer and partner feedback was instrumental in shaping this release. The functionality of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4 creates a powerful and unique combination, opening up new opportunities for developers to build applications that take advantage of new and existing devices, as well as emerging platforms like cloud services.

All the new versions of the Visual Studio have something unique from the previous version to help the developers build more rich and interactive applications without difficulty.

Some of the new features of Visual Studio 2010 are:

  • It has new editor that uses WPF,  which has a rich interface. It also supports multiple monitors. Developers can have code on one monitor and user interface designer on the other..
  • It also has built-in support for Windows 7 mutitouch and “ribbon” interfaces which give an amazing look to user interfaces.
  • SharePoint 2010 functionalities are also included.
  • Windows Azure tools are also available in Visual Studio 2010 which help you to easily develop, debug and deploy cloud applications from Visual Studio.
  • It has also built in support for ASP.NET Model View Control.
  • Tools for making Windows Phone 7 apps.
  • Silverlight 4 support.
  • The IntelliTrace feature makes the “no-repro” discussion a thing of the past. Testers can file rich and actionable bugs with system information, and even include an environment snapshot. That way developers can reproduce the reported bug in the state it was found.

.Net 4.0 supports more languages and has support for high performance multi-tier applications. Silverlight 4 RTW will be released later this weekend and it will have some new features like it would have out of browser functionality, enhancements for enterprise application developers and will have 60 customized pre-written controls.

For those with MSDN subscriptions, you can go ahead and download your desired SKU of Visual Studio 2010 right now.

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