image Today we are releasing VS2010 Beta 2 to all MSDN subscribers with general availability on the web to follow on Wednesday. Beta 2 has a huge focus on increased stability, improve performance, and meeting many of the customers scenarios which they have been requesting in this release. 

The other thing you might notice is the new branding. This is similar to the branding for the .NET framework and a little cleaner that the old logo ( which I think has been around for all my Microsoft career ).

From a language perspective,  .NET Framework Beta 2 will be released in English, Japanese, German and Arabic, and Visual Studio Beta 2 will be released in English, Japanese, and German.

In addition to shipping the new (81% smaller) Client Profile of the .NET Framework, Beta 2 is the first version of Visual Studio to ship the new simplified product line up. This means that we now have

  • 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.

This release also allows partners and customers to “Go-Live”, with details about this on Jeff’s blog.

You can find all the new information at the following location.