Visual Studio 2010 RC and .NET Framework 4.0 RC released publicly

On Tuesday Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 RC and .NET Framework 4.0 RC to MSDN subscribers. Today, the company has made these releases available to the public.

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.

Thanks to Arstechnica for the download list.

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Official Visual Studio page links, just in case you want to go there and are too lazy to search:

http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/try/default.mspx#download

Got it from MSDN and playing with it. Not too bad so far and good speed improvements over beta that I can feel.

I have installed the RC and am unable to create any new projects...
"Requested Registry Access Not Allowed"

I tried several subinacl 'solutions' but they wont work with the Visual Studio registry entries, and there are no solutions which work in the Connect Feedback area

I normally keep a base copy of Windows 7 virtual machine so I never bother to remove any beta and upgrade, just throw the machine with beta out the windows and copy the base machine and install new RC. Good as new.

Awesome release; if you liked the Beta 2 you're gonna LOVE RC1.
When working with the Silverlight/WPF XAML View it no longer requires any wait time; you open the file and it's there!

The speed is in no comparison with the Beta 2 - Awesome Microsoft!

Has anyone tried this on a touch-enabled device?
I kept getting errors in the Beta2 release about null references when trying to navigate the new project screen and Project Properties with touch.

Thank god, I was waiting to get off that beta version for a while now -- it was atrociously slow and cumbersome.

Looking forward to recompiling my few projects into this version and testing, and then into final and releasing :)

Shadrack said,
Any ideas on when they will refresh their free "Express" lineup?
Probably when close to RTM. They don't wanna be doubling their development work.

they promised for good ribbon design support for wpf/xaml, but it was not ready for beta 2. it is there finally?

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