REDMOND, Wash. — April 11, 2010 — Kicking off a global launch consisting of more than 150 developer-focused events, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. The company also announced that Silverlight 4 will release to Web (RTW) later in the week. Together, these technologies simplify the entire development process, enabling developers to target new platforms and build high-quality applications. Developers will be able to download Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 in conjunction with the Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo launch event in Las Vegas… Read more here

Somasegar’s blog: Announcing availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4

 

Live Launch Event (10:30AM Central)

 

From the press release:

.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.

Silverlight 4, which will RTW later this week, offers powerful media and business application capabilities that enable developers to deliver compelling application experiences on or off the Web. New features in Silverlight 4 include extended out-of-browser capabilities, enhancements for enterprise application developers, and more than 60 customizable pre-written controls to quickly build rich, interactive applications.

 

More details here:Developer Tools Presspass

Past press releases

Microsoft End-to-End Platform Powers Next Generation Silverlight and IIS Media Experiences Across Multiple Screens April 8, 2010

Announces plans to deliver Silverlight experiences to the living room via support on Broadcom and Intel powered set-top boxes and connected TVs; provides first look at IIS Media Services 4.

Microsoft Announces Hardware-Accelerated HTML5, Pushes Boundaries on Web and Cloud Development March 16, 2010

Microsoft Outlines New Opportunities at MIX10 for Developers to Create Compelling Experiences March 15, 2010