Microsoft’s LightSwitch Beta Shows Up Early

While Visual Studio has established itself as a popular developer environment, Microsoft is taking steps to broaden its appeal further. One example is LightSwitch, a tool for Visual Studio that Microsoft announced earlier this month.

As Code Guru reports, Microsoft is on track, and even a bit ahead of schedule, to make a beta of LightSwitch available. For business customers who aren’t necessarily skilled programmers, LightSwitch could be worth checking out because it uses a template-based programming model that lessens the need to call a team of developers in to create new applications.

Microsoft says it’s even possible to write a LightSwitch application without writing a single line of code.

A development tool designed to enable business experts — and not just professional programmers — to write applications in Microsoft Visual Studio has started beta testing several days early.

Dubbed LightSwitch, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) began shipping the beta of the tool on Wednesday to MSDN (Microsoft Developers Network) subscribers, the company said in a blog post.

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Microsoft’s LightSwitch Beta Debuts Early

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