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The release candidate for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 is available for download. The downloadable release candidate was offered to MSDN subscribers on Monday. Non-members can get it on Wednesday.
The RC includes a go-live license for people who want to deploy in their production environment. For more information, see “Going live” with the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate.
The launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 for April 12.
Visual Studio 2010 features capabilities for developing applications for the Microsoft SharePoint collaboration platform, Windows 7, and the Windows Azure cloud platform; .Net Framework 4 offers features such as a reduction in size.
For more information on the RC, check out Jason Zander's blog posting, Announcing VS2010 / .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate (RC).
For more information about the key features in Visual Studio 2010, see Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4 Release Date Set. Key areas include:
In addition third party companies that have popular Visual Studio add-ins (such as Resharper, CodeRush, Whole Tomato, etc) to make sure the environment works well.
You can get started learning more about the features in Visual Studio first hand:
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation