Today we announced a Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010. The RC is available to MSDN subscribers today and will be available to the public on February 10. We are encouraging developers to download the RC at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151797 and provide feedback.

On the feedback side, we received a lot of positive customer feedback on the new capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4, but we also received feedback around performance issues which we needed to address.  Our engineering team has been working to improve performance since Beta 2 and the RC released today delivers enhanced performance and is an added milestone to gather even more customer feedback before the final build is released.

From a feature perspective, there are no new features in this release, outside of the complete focus on performance.

The plan is still to launch VS and .NET 4.0 in cities all over the world on April 12. Major events will be taking place in the UK, China, Malaysia, India, and in the US at DevConnections in Las Vegas. Get to one..