Microsoft announced the release of second Visual Studio 2010 beta and .NET Framework 4 beta to MSDN subscribers with everyone else getting code on October 21. Also, announced Visual Studio 2010 will officially launch on March 22, 2010. New features include Windows 7 and SharePoint 2010 tools, drag-and-drop bindings with Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, the inclusion of the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) for programming with scripting languages, and support for parallel programming. Microsoft’ll chop nine Visual Studio SKUs down to four, with the focus on ALM. Microsoft does not seem to be tampering with the Express editions, which add another five SKUs. Visual Studio Development Edition, Database Edition, Architect Edition and Test Edition’ll go. You can compare MSDN subscription prices with those for Visual Studio 2008, here or here.
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