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Microsoft Prepping New Visual Studio Tool

Microsoft is looking to broaden the Visual Studio user base, this week unveiling a project it's working on that aims to lower the entry barrier for developing business applications.

It's called "LightSwitch," and Microsoft says it will provide templates for users to build Visual Studio business apps to run on the desktop, the cloud or the Web. Microsoft plans to put LightSwitch in beta testing Aug. 23, and offer it as a standalone product or as part of Visual Studio Professional and higher editions. DevX takes a look.


Microsoft this week said it is working on a new Visual Studio tool meant to give developers of all skill levels the ability to create business applications using prefab templates that will run on the desktop, in the cloud and on the Web.

Called LightSwitch, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) officials demonstrated the new tool at the Visual Studio Live (VS Live) summer conference being held on the company's Redmond, Wash. campus this week.

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