Microsoft has always known that keeping developers well-armed with the latest tools is the best way to keep developers working on its platforms. The company has used a Visual Studio developer conference taking place in Las Vegas as the backdrop to release the latest versions of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. So what’s new? Datamation takes a look.
Microsoft has announced the official release of its Visual Studio 2010 software development toolkit and Version 4 of its .NET Framework, with Version 4 of its graphics library Silverlight also expected to be released later this week.
The announcement takes place as Microsoft kicks off its Visual Studio Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 are now available for download while Silverlight 4 will be made available for download in coming days.
Microsoft had previously scheduled a March 22 release for Visual Studio, but delayed the release to fix some bugs that had affected performance.
“We’re excited to celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2010 with developers around the world today,” Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools unit at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), said in a statement. “The functionality of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4, and Silverlight 4 creates a powerful and unique combination, opening up new opportunities for developers to build applications that take advantage of new and existing devices, as well as emerging platforms like cloud services.”