Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 expected next week

Mary Jo Foley has gotten information that Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET 4 might be rolled out next week, possibly around 18th May. VS 2010 will ship with F# now where as Iron Python will ship out of band, like F# does for VS 2008. Microsoft already pushed out a Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 CTP in October 2008 at PDC which was in the form of an image for Virtual PC.

Here’s what you should expect from VS 2010 Beta 1:

  • Clear UI Organization
  • Reduced clutter and complexity
  • Improved editor
  • Better support for floating documents and windows
  • Enhanced document targeting
  • Focused animations for action feedback

A lot of work is being done on the looks of the editor to improve the usability and provide a newer and modernized WPF UI throughout VS 2010. This is what it will look like:

For an overview of the design surface improvements to the IDE in Visual Studio 2010, check out this video published by Channel 9 in which Karl Shifflett gives an overview of some of the new features. I personally am happy that Microsoft have made available a color picker in VS 2010. :)

Visual Studio 2010 Design Surface Improvements Video WPF IDE

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