Basic CMYKVisual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta is now ready for download to MSDN subscribers -- general availability on December 9.

Jason Zander, General Manager of the Visual Studio Team, announced the update on his blog Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta. You’ll find the download links in his blog post.

The beta includes a “go live” license, which means you can use this release for your production code. If you are using ASP.NET MVC 3, wait for the release candidate that will come out on December 10.

Service Pack 1 Features

The update enhances the developer experience by addressing some of the most requested features like better help support, IntelliTrace support for 64-bit and SharePoint, and including Silverlight 4 Tools in the box.

Some of the additional highlights are

  • Help Viewer
  • Win7-specific MFC APIs to support use of Direct2D, DirectWrite, and Windows Animation Technologies.
  • Unit Testing on .NET 3.5.
  • IntelliTrace F5 for 64 bit and SharePoint projects
  • Performance Wizard for Silverlight
  • VB Compiler runtime switch

For more information, see Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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