Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 RC released to MSDN subscribers

Microsoft said on Monday that it had shipped a Release Candidate (RC) copy of its development software Visual Studio 2010.

Visual Studio is a development environment that allows developers to create GUI applications along with Windows Forms applications, web sites, web applications, and web services in both native code together with managed code for all platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverlight.

There are no new features in the RC release from beta 2 and Microsoft has focussed on speed improvements. A Microsoft spokesperson stated: "We heard from customers that performance in Beta 2 wasn’t everything they had hoped it would be. The RC released today delivers enhanced performance and is an added milestone to garner even more customer feedback before the final build is released. Specifically, customers will see performance improvements in loading solutions, typing, building and debugging."

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will launch in cities all over the world on April 12. Major events will be taking place in the UK, China, Malaysia, India, and in the US.

The RC is available to MSDN subscribers today and will be available to the public on February 10.

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Northgrove said,
So, how does it run now compared to Visual Studio 2008 with a large project active?

Large project, or large solution? We have hundreds of projects in our solution in VS2008 and it loads slow as heck, but runs fast... can't wait to see how it handles in 2010

neufuse said,

Large project, or large solution? We have hundreds of projects in our solution in VS2008 and it loads slow as heck, but runs fast... can't wait to see how it handles in 2010

Hmm, I think I really meant "large" solution. We have 6 MB of cpp/h code here now that I checked, across around 8 projects in the solution.

I'm getting kind of tempted to pull this up in a VirtualBox now and compare the RAM requirements to VS 2008's.

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 9 2010, 4:11pm :

excellent stuff, there are a couple of guys where i work that have been using this in production for a while now.. i will join them soon! :D

Will give it a try when it comes out, but other than the more robust debugging and advanced feature set specifically aimed at Windows7 I still don't see any benefits in upgrading from VS2003. It's just more bloat and more dependencies that I could do without...

ptchaos said,
VS2005 and then 2008 have a big improvement over VS2003. If possible, think on upgrading.

I did, and went back. No improvements can outweigh the fact you must include a re-distributable with whatever you publish, and you will never achieve the same file sizes that you can with 2003. As I said, just more bloat and dependencies that I could do without.

Ilys said,

I did, and went back. No improvements can outweigh the fact you must include a re-distributable with whatever you publish, and you will never achieve the same file sizes that you can with 2003. As I said, just more bloat and dependencies that I could do without.

You must include the 1.1 framework with VS2003 and 2.0 (or higher) with VS2008 so both require a re-distributable. The only difference is now a majority of corporations I deal with have the 2.0 framework approved so redist is easier for me now with VS2008. There are a lot of big improvements and bug fixes. Have you ever tried to get the IE proxy settings from the 1.1 framework? Good luck with that! Generics, better C# intelllisense, WPF, etc. Just be careful... your comments echo a lot of old DOS/VB6 programmers I worked with. You're app may still work fine but your value and future employability will suffer if you don't stay current (IMHO).

blade1269 said,
Hey,
How do i get a msdn account, and how much?

Here you go: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/subscriptionschart.aspx

A bit steep...

virtorio said,
Happy to see they've been focusing on performance. I found the beta to be crazy crazy slow.

Yup, that was the slowest product from Microsoft I have ever seen. If I remember correctly RC was released exactly because of this reason. People complained the speed and Microsoft tried to tweak it as much as they could.

david13lt said,

Yup, that was the slowest product from Microsoft I have ever seen. If I remember correctly RC was released exactly because of this reason. People complained the speed and Microsoft tried to tweak it as much as they could.

Wow. I hope someone on here reports back as far as what the speed is like for the RC... I'm really curious about it. Neowin should do a review... I'm going to stick with 2008 until later in the year, but I sure hope the RC / Final isn't slow like that...

Scott Gu posted some twits(?) from users that tried it, seems this new release is a big improvement.
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/02/08/vs-2010-net-4-release-candidate.aspx

Edited by ptchaos, Feb 9 2010, 10:58am :

ptchaos said,
Scott Gu posted some twits(?) from users that tried it, seems this new release is a big improvement.
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/02/08/vs-2010-net-4-release-candidate.aspx

Oh very interesting. Thanks for the link. Sounds like everyone is pleased with the speed then... I look forward to trying it out... :)

Yup, the Twatosphere is buzzing with delight!
I repeat: The Twatosphere is buzzing with delight!

But seriously, it's sounding very good from the comments, I just did a #vs2010 search myself.

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 9 2010, 4:51pm :

SharpGreen said,

Probably at RTM.

Well, there is a Beta 2 Release for Express AFAIK.

URL: http://www.microsoft.com/express/Express-2010/

Download Link: http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/E/4/BE4CA97C-67DD-4B88-9A33-7A5054D6F6D7/VS2010B2EXP1.iso

Hope this Helps Someone ! Look out for the RC on 10th ! I believe it will be made public.