Kicking off a global launch consisting of more than 150 developer-focused events, Microsoft announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.
The company also announced that Silverlight 4 will release to Web (RTW) later in the week.
Developers will be able to download Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 in conjunction with the Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo launch event in Las Vegas.
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 have something for every developer. The new editor, now using Windows Presentation Foundation, delivers a more flexible, feature-rich environment that supports concepts such as the use of multiple monitors. This enables a developer to have one monitor with code, another with the user interface designer, and yet another with database structure.
For the first time, developers have integrated access to SharePoint functionality into the Visual Studio integrated development environment. Windows Azure tools make it easy to quickly develop, debug, test and deploy cloud applications from within the familiar Visual Studio environment. Built-in support for ASP.NET Model-View-Controller gives developers the flexibility to separately update the appearance and core business logic of Web applications. Windows Phone 7 developers will be able to build mobile applications using Visual Studio with integrated phone design surfaces. Silverlight 4 creates a whole new way to deliver applications that run inside and outside the browser.
For developers who are developing applications for Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010 has built-in support for Windows 7?s multitouch features (Windows Touch) and the "Ribbon" UI. That means developers can easily build applications specifically for Windows 7 that use multitouch and use the Ribbon.
To address the growing complexity of software development, Visual Studio 2010 provides powerful tools for the entire team. Microsoft claims that intelliTrace, a "time machine" for developers and testers, makes nonreproducible bugs virtually a thing of the past by recording the application?s execution history and providing reproduction of the reported bug, enabling the tester to help squash the bug once and for all. This is just one of the many new features that have been added to help with Application Lifecycle Management, representing.
.NET Framework 4 adds additional support for industry standards, more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications including parallel programming, and side-by-side installation with .NET Framework 3.5. With the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, the size of the runtime has been decreased by over 80 percent, making it easier for developers to get applications, and therefore users, up and running faster.
Silverlight 4, which will RTW later this week, offers new features including extended out-of-browser capabilities, enhancements for enterprise application developers, and more than 60 customizable pre-written controls to quickly build interactive applications.
To download, purchase or get more information on Visual Studio 2010: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio
To download or get more information on the .NET Framework: http://www.microsoft.com/net
To download or get more information on Silverlight 4: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight