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Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Available

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 comes in four editions:

  • 2010 Professional -- For individuals to perform basic development tasks. Costs $799 with MSDN Essentials, $1,199 with MSDN. Upgrade costs $549 and $799, respectively.
  • 2010 Premium -- For individuals and teams to deliver scalable, high-quality applications. Costs $5,469 with MSDN. Upgrade costs $2,299.
  • 2010 Ultimate -- ALM tools for teams to ensure quality results, from design to deployment. Cost $11,899 with MSDN. Upgrade costs $3,799.
  • Test Professional 2010 -- Specialized toolset for QA teams to simplify test planning and manual test execution. Costs $2,169 with MSDN. Upgrade costs $899.

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.

With support for the latest Microsoft releases, developers can use their existing skills to create more types of applications than ever. Built-in support for Windows 7 multitouch and "ribbon" interfaces delivers stunning applications to end users. 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.

To address the growing complexity of software development, Visual Studio 2010 provides powerful tools for the entire team. 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.

.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 powerful media and business application capabilities that enable developers to deliver compelling application experiences on or off the Web. New features in Silverlight 4 include extended out-of-browser capabilities, enhancements for enterprise application developers, and more than 60 customizable pre-written controls to quickly build rich, interactive applications.

Source: Microsoft

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