As we approach the final product release date of VS 2010 (March 22, 2010), Microsoft announced today the availability of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft .Net Framework 4 Beta 2. Both Beta’s are only available to MSDN subscribers for today only and will be made available to the general public in a couple days (21st of October 2009).

Microsoft has also simplified the product lineup for Visual Studio 2010 and announced pricing details. In the next version, customers will be able to choose from three main versions of Visual Studio 2010:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN. The comprehensive suite of application life-cycle management tools for software teams to help ensure quality results from design to deployment

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN. A complete toolset to help developers deliver scalable, high-quality applications

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN. The essential tool for basic development tasks to assist developers in implementing their ideas easily

For a detailed look into VS 2010 and .Net Framework 4 features and Beta downloads, check out the Visual Studio website 

The complete press release is also available on the  MS Press website website 

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-Karo