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Microsoft Pushes Visual Studio 2010 to RC Stage

Microsoft appears to be keeping pace with its development schedule for the Visual Studio 2010 development suite. The software titan today made the offering available to MSDN subscribers as a release candidate, with plans to offer general availability in April.

Code Guru takes a look at the latest phase of the product's development, which follows a brief snag Microsoft hit in December following a testing cycle.


Subscribers to Microsoft's MSDN technical service can start downloading the "release candidate," or RC, of the next version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, company executives announced.

For everyone else, the RC -- the final stage of testing before product the company's development suite is released -- will become available for download on Wednesday.

"Today, we are making available the Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 to all MSDN subscribers. The RC will be made available to the world on Wednesday, February 10th," S. "Soma" Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, said in a post on his blog on Monday.

That apparently keeps Visual Studio 2010 on track for an April 12 release, as the company had said in January.

Visual Studio 2010 was briefly delayed in December when Microsoft officials said that feedback from the beta test cycle had convinced them that more work was required before it could be released.

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Visual Studio 2010 Hits 'Release Candidate' Stage