Not all Mondays wake me with a smile. However, today I woke up knowing that I’ll be able to download and play with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. Developers subscribing to MSDN can fully experience the Beta2 and .NET 4 for themselves by visiting MSDN To download it. The rest of you should subscribe to MSDN sooner to get premium access or wait till October 21st where you can download it from Microsoft Downloads.

The following Visual Studio 2010 SKU’s are available: Professional, Premium, Ultimate, Test Essentials, Team Foundation Server, and Team Lab Management. The Key New SKU’s in this release are:

· Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN: the comprehensive suite of application lifecycle management tools for software teams to ensure quality results from design to deployment.

· Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN: a complete toolset for developers to deliver scalable, high quality applications.

· Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN: the essential tool for professional development tasks to assist developers in implementing their ideas easily. (Note: Visual Studio 2010 Professional will also be available without MSDN subscription)

For more information on the new packaging, licensing, and pricing of Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN, see Visual Studio.

Download: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta

‘What’s new’ Feature walk through:

Here’s a really good walkthrough of ‘What’s new’ in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework Beta 2: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd441784.aspx 

 

Finally, Here’s a Channel 9 Video that talks about downloading and installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2:

10-4 Episode 33: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 

(If you don’t already follow, here’s 10-4’s home on Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/10-4/)

 

The actual launch date of VS2010 is scheduled for March 22nd 2010. Beta 2 is a significant progress as we inch closer to the launch. 

-Mithun Dhar