Many of you have already received e-mail invites from us or from community organizations about the Visual Studio 2010 Launch events here in Ireland and Northern Ireland, so this is just a quick update about the events.

We have a few prizes for folks who attend the events and folks who download VS2010 – details below on how to win a Zune HD or an Xbox360 Elite!

MSDN Flash Ireland Newsletter - Special VS2010 Launch Edition!

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 arrive April 12th, and we have a lot to celebrate for this release. New capabilities, a great new IDE based on Windows Presentation Foundation, extensible code editor, rich visualizations and much more. To celebrate we're hosting four events around Ireland and Northern Ireland with fantastic speakers, technical content and of course some super giveaways as well.

REGISTER FOR THE LAUNCH EVENT NEAR YOU AND WIN AN XBOX360 ELITE
All VS2010 Launch events are now open for registration. Register for the event nearest you:

- Dublin:http://short.ie/dublinvs2010 April 12th from 17:30 at NCI
- Belfast:http://short.ie/BelfastVS2010 April 13th from 17:30 at Wellington Park
- Galway:http://short.ie/GalwayVS2010 April 20th from 17:30 at GMIT
- Cork:http://short.ie/CorkVS2010 April 21st from 17:30 at Maryborough Hotel

GREAT SPEAKERS, LATEST AND GREATEST CONTENT
Speaker for Irish Visual Studio 2010 launch events include Martin Woodward, Brian Keller, Bob Duffy, Shane O'Sullivan and more! These experts will be covering everything from the guts of Visual Studio 2010 to the new test capabilities, SharePoint development and Windows Phone 7 development. Don't miss this exclusive chance to see demonstrations of the new features and capabilities of VS2010 that will make your development easier and you more productive. Attendees also have the chance to win an Xbox360 Elite at each individual event, so don't miss your chance and register today!

DOWNLOAD VS2010 TODAY AND WIN A ZUNE HD
For those early adopters who have already downloaded VS2010 and for those enthusiasts who want to download VS2010 and kick the tires, we have a special contest. Reply to me and tell me the answer to this question:

If I go to File->New Project and select Visual C#, I can create applications for Web, Windows, Cloud Service or Silverlight. Can you name five of the different types of Visual C# Web projects I can create in Visual Studio?

If you know the answer, e-mail me back at martharo@microsoft.com by 11:59pm Sunday April 11th. I will draw a winner at random from the right answers to win a Zune HD on Monday April 12th!

If you haven't downloaded VS2010 yet, you can do that here: Download Visual Studio 2010 and .NET framework 4 Release Candidate
Download the Release Candidate and begin investigating the new capabilities, including new testing options, enhancements to the integrated development environment, built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag-and-drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, and much more.