Today, we are releasing Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4. If you are a MSDN subscriber, you can download the Beta today from here. For the rest of the world, the Beta will be publicly available on Wednesday (US Pacific time). Check out the new functionality/features here - http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-nz/products/2010/default.mspx.
Take a look at what we're working on.
Enhanced User Experience
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 delivers a modern, enhanced user experience that makes understanding the current context more natural.
SharePoint Development in Visual Studio 2010
Usability and functionality for SharePoint developers is much more advanced with this Visual Studio release.
Democratizing Application Lifecycle Management
Visual Studio Team System 2010 delivers new capabilities for everyone on a project, including architects, developers, project managers and testers.
Inspiring Developer Delight
Visual Studio has made application development more productive, efficient and flexible for both developers and companies. Visual Studio 2010 continues this legacy.
With Visual Studio 2010, we're continuing our investment in great Web development tools.
With Windows Azure™ Tools for Visual Studio, it's easy for developers to build, debug and deploy services and applications for Microsoft's new cloud platform.
With the Visual Studio partner ecosystem, developers will now be able to work with IBM DB2 and Oracle databases in addition to Microsoft SQL Server™ databases.
IBM has committed to develop, sell and support a Database Schema Provider (DSP) to let developers working with DB2 on the Windows, Linux or Unix platforms do offline design, development, testing and change management using Visual Studio Team System 2010 Development Edition.
Quest Software have made a similar commitment develop, sell and support a DSP which will enable Oracle Developers to work with their databases just as easily.
Parallel programming is simplified, so both native- and managed-code developers can productively build innovative applications.