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Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0

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)
  • Intellisense supports now JavaScript and jQuery
  • 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.

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