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I am not the biggest fan of Mondays but today is different. Today is a good day. Today we announced the availability of Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2010 and revealed the official launch date:

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will launch on March 22nd 2010

We have also tinkered with the packaging/licensing (to make things easier for you). We announced new packaging, licensing and pricing of Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN. The best bit (IMHO) is:

We include Go Live rights to allow you to evaluate in production environments.

The three main versions will be:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN – for team development
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN - for developers building high quality, scalable apps
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN – for basic development

For MSDN subscribers we also announced the following benefits:

  • Team Foundation Server 2010 - All 3 versions of Visual Studio 2010 listed above will include Team Foundation Server.
  • Windows Azure – Free usage hours of our cloud services platform including Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET services once the products become commercially available.
  • eLearning – complimentary eLearning up to 40 hours per year per subscriber.

Visit the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta site to download the Beta, submit feedback, go to forums, and find more information about the Beta.

I’m off to kick off a download. Have fun!

P.S. If you are not an MSDN subscriber, then the bits should be available on October 21st including the Express versions of Visual Studio 2010.

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2009 6:12 PM .NET 4.0 | Back to top

Comments on this post: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 now available – and launch date is set for March 22nd 2010

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I just read the taglines with the versions... spectacularly loud *cough* unless you (Microsoft) have decided to break VS Pro (or drop the price on the other SKUs) its most *definitely* for rather more than "basic development" - to suggest otherwise is, well I'm a bit lost for words...
Left by James Murphy on Oct 20, 2009 12:23 PM

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