LightSwitch Beta 1 Available to MSDN Subscribers!

LightSwitch Beta 1 Available to MSDN Subscribers!

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We just released Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 to MSDN subscribers. Public availability will be this Monday, August 23rd but if you are an MSDN subscriber visit your subscriptions page to get access to the download now. Otherwise check the the LightSwitch Developer Center on Monday for the public download.

Here are some resources to help get you started -- we have a lot more for you on Monday via the Dev Center so stay tuned!!

We're looking forward to your feedback, please visit the forums.

-Beth Massi, Visual Studio Community

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  • Do you need to download all 4 pieces from MSDN?

    Visual Studio LightSwitch, Beta 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

    Visual Studio LightSwitch, Prerequisite Beta 1 (x86) - (English)

    Visual Studio LightSwitch, Runtime Redistributable Beta 1 (x86) - (English)

    Visual Studio LightSwitch, Web Install Beta 1 (x86) - (English)

  • Hi Doug,

    Sorry the subscriptions page isn't clear, the public download page will be clearer.

    You will need to download Visual Studio LightSwitch, Beta 1 (x86) - DVD (English) only.

    It’s an ISO image and the generic ISO download instructions apply.

    - Download the ISO image to your computer.

    - Coose one of the following options for handling downloaded ISO images:

      (Recommended) Write the image file to a blank DVD.

      (Alternative) Mount the image file virtually as DVD devices.

    For more information about these ISO options, see this FAQ page:



  • Hi Doug,

    BTW, if you don't want to copy the image locally, you can run the Web Installer directly.


  • First Issue?

    There doesn't appear to be a way to make a column unique in the designer? !

    Or am I just blind ?

  • Hi Beth

    Looks like a great tool to get apps up & running in no time.

    Any pointers on how security, (authentication & Authorization) will be dealt with with lightswitch?


  • Hi WillEastbury,

    Unique fields (other than PK fields) are not supported in Beta 1. Check out this thread in the forums for more info:

  • Hi John,

    Yes LightSwitch supports both Windows and Forms based authentication and Role-based security. See this topic in the documentation:



  • Where's the public download link for LightSwitch?

    Come on! I'm too keen to get going on this!

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