Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate is available for download. Congratulations to the Visual Studio team! You can get it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010/default.mspx

From SQL Server Express’ point of view, Visual Studio 2010 brings two changes:

First, .NET Framework 4 support I described in the previous post, which allows you to build .NET Framework 4 applications that use and install SQL Server Express without forcing the end user to install two .NET Framework versions.

Second, ClickOnce bootstrapper now installs SQL Server 2008 Express with SP1. ClickOnce applications using SQL Server Express will no longer result in a compatibility warning.

- Krzysztof Kozielczyk