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Visual Studio 11 beta and .NET Framework 4.5 beta are now available for download

Visual Studio 11 beta and .NET Framework 4.5 beta are now available for download

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As announced on the Building Windows 8 blog and on Jason Zander’s blog among other places, a consumer preview of Windows 8 and beta versions of Visual Studio 11, the .NET Framework 4.5 and Team Foundation Server 11 are available for download.

Here are some links to help you get started downloading and using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview:

Here are some links to help you get started downloading and using the Visual Studio 11 beta and the .NET Framework 4.5 beta:

  • Hi Aaron; can you please update your tools (.NET Framework Cleanup & .NET Framework Setup Verification) to the new Framework 4.5 Beta? Thanks...

  • Hi Mauricio Sougarret - I will update the cleanup tool when the .NET Framework 4.5 is closer to shipping.  For now, it should work fine for you to use the entry in the Programs and Features control panel to uninstall the .NET Framework 4.5 beta.

  • Hi Aaron,

    You seem to be the best expert to turn to here.  Is there any community effort anywhere to abstract the XNA content pipeline for Windows8?  There is so much goodness that I have baked into my game in content and I don't want to rewrite a whole content pipeline engine.  It seems that someone super smart could roll such a thing and it would be goodness to even the hardcore C++ game writers?

    Thanks in advance!

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