Earlier, Microsoft posted a press release announcing the general availability of Visual Studio 2010, in addition to the .NET Framework 4. According to the announcement, developers will be able to obtain the new software during the Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo launch event in Las Vegas.
Visual Studio 2010 now utilizes the Windows Presentation Foundation for its editor, which helps with providing useful new features, such as multiple monitor support, which is included in this release. The IDE now fully supports Windows 7, giving it the ability to create applications using the Ribbon interface, boasting multitouch support if the developer so chooses. Visual Studio 2010 also adds support for Windows Phone 7, allowing mobile developers to create software for the mobile platform for release later in the year.
Regarding the .NET Framework 4, Microsoft stated, ".NET Framework 4 adds additional support for industry standards, more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications including parallel programming, and side-by-side installation with .NET Framework 3.5. With the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, the size of the runtime has been decreased by over 80 percent, making it easier for developers to get applications, and therefore users, up and running faster."
Even though these are two major announcements, Microsoft didn't stop there – Silverlight 4 will be released to the Internet later on in the week, which will add over 60 new controls for developers to use, in order to build better Silverlight-based content. It'll also feature improvements for enterprise customers, and have extended out-of-browser capabilities, according to the Redmond software company. The updated .NET Framework can be found here, and Visual Studio 2010 can be found here.