SharePoint developers who write software for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server or Windows SharePoint Services will get a boost from Visual Studio 2010 according to S. "Soma" Somaseger, senior vice president of the Microsoft developer division He wrote in his blog entry, SharePoint tools support in Visual Studio, that Visual STudio would provide two major features:

  • Project templates, designers, and deployment infrastructure that will make any .NET developer instantly more productive on the SharePoint platform.   
  • An extensibility API that will continue to foster the ecosystem of third party developers who create development tools and technologies.

Visual Studio 2010 will support debugging, Intellisense, and statement completion for SharePoint projects. You'll be able to import existing SharePoint content. You'll also be able to quickly navigate and browse your SharePoint site directly in Visual Studio.

For more information, see SharePoint Development with Visual Studio on Channel 9.

If you're interested in getting started with SharePoint development now, you can use Visual Studio 2005 or 2008. You get additional support through Visual Studio Extensions for WSS and dozens of third party tools. For more infotmation, see Do Less. Get More. Develop on SharePoint.