Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 Released
Article by George Norman
On 19 May 2009
Redmond-based software developer Microsoft has publicly announced that Visual Studio 2010 Beta and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta have been released and are available for download; the catch is that the download availability is limited to MSDN subscribers. The software is out and available for download, but not if you are a regular user – for the regular Joe-user the release of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 will occur later in the week.

Senior Vice President of the Developer Division, S. Somasegar, explains: “Today, we are releasing Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4. If you are a MSDN subscriber, you can download the Beta today from here. For the rest of the world, the Beta will be publicly available on Wednesday. Over the last many months I had blogged about a lot of new and interesting features that are in VS 2010 and .NET 4. You can see those features and many more in Beta 1. We have more work to do in terms of finishing up the feature work for some of the scenarios and getting to the right levels of quality and performance, but we have made enough progress that we wanted to start getting your feedback.”


Alongside Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 1, Microsoft released documentation for he aforementioned software applications.

Here are some highlights of this recent release:
- Multi-targeting support in the new Project Dialog.
- New online access to VS Gallery.
- “Code focused” features. Jason Zander explains: We’ve added a lot of “code focused” features which basically makes the editing experience much nicer. For example:
* Consume first, fault in
* Writing test cases using the system
* Quick search (Ctrl + ,): works across VB & C# & C++
* Call Hierarchy”
- Easier Office programming with C# and VB.
- Language improvements, like for example the fact that VB now has automatic properties which removes the verbose syntax for get/set.
- F# included in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1.
- Updated WPF Designer, updated web tools, updated Visual Studio Team Architecture.
- Built-in Silverlight.
- Enhanced C++ support.
- New Test and Lab Manager tool.
- TFS includes branch visualization and easier tracking of changes through the system

If you would like to see the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 documentation, just click here.
If you would like to see the .NET Framework 2010 Beta 1 documentation, just click here.
If you would like to visit official Visual Studio 2010 web page, just click here.

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