Today Microsoft removes beta word from Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0. The new development suite sports a completely redesigned UI based on Office’s ribbon, and include tools for app development for Azure, Silverlight, Sharepoint and also the recently announced Windows Phone 7. The Silverlight 4 version is supported also, and it will launch tomorrow (with the release to come later).
Amongst the new features included in VS2010, you can find:
- Multiple monitor support (finally I can use my dual 24″ HP displays at work without starting two VS instances)
- Better Intellisense (it can find words that include what you type, not only that start with)
- Cleaner HTML
- Website dependency diagrams (for website developers)
- Intellitrace (to improve debugging and bug reproduction)
- ASP.NET MVC 2.0 built in
- Improved deployment tools
You can also expect to see improvements across all the functionality. To really improve the VS2010 performance, I strongly suggest buying a SSD drive which in my experience increase the compiling performance up to 5 times or more, depending of your usage.