Microsoft releases Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight 4!

Microsoft had originally planned to release Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 on March 22, but delayed the launch by a few weeks to resolve some performance issues. In a blog posting, late last year, developer division head S. Somasegar said the company needs more time as it continues to work on some performance issues.

On the blog posting it was said: "Since the goal of the release candidate is to get more feedback from you, the team will need some time to react to that feedback before creating the final release build," "We are therefore moving the launch of Microsoft Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 back a few weeks."

The new version of Microsoft Visual Studio includes a TiVo-like function for tracking how a program behaves, a feature now called IntelliTrace. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 also includes support for Windows 7 and Microsoft Azure, as well as tools for building on top of Microsoft's Sharepoint product.

"We're excited to celebrate the launch of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 with developers around the world today," Server and Tools unit President Bob Muglia said in a statement. "The functionality of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, .Net Framework 4, and Silverlight 4 creates a powerful and unique combination, opening up new opportunities for .NET developers to build applications that take advantage of new and existing devices, as well as emerging platforms like cloud services."

With Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft is also taking the opportunity to scale back the number of different versions it sells, cutting the number of subscription options from seven to three. In a telephone interview, Microsoft Vice President S. "Soma" Somasegar said that move came from customer requests.

.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 .NET developers to get .NET applications, and therefore users, up and running faster.

Silverlight 4, which will RTW ( Release to Web ) later this week, offers powerful media and business application capabilities that enable .NET 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.

Microsoft is ready with the final versions of its Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 developer tools software and Silverlight 4, as well as .Net Framework 4.

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