Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate Public Release Today
Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of Microsoft's .NET Developer Platform, said the public release was needed to ensure that the software was fully tested, stating "The primary motivation behind releasing a public RC was to ensure that we could get broad testing and feedback on the performance and stability work weve been doing since the last public VS 2010 Beta 2 release. Over the last few months weve been releasing interim builds to a small set of folks who have been helping us validate fixes and measure very large projects and solutions. The feedback from them has been extremely positive the last few weeks--which is why we are now opening up todays build to a much wider set of people to people to try out."
Additional features in this release include tools for Microsoft Windows 7 application development, support for Microsoft Office client apps (32 and 64 bit versions), support for non-Microsoft databases such as Oracle and IBM DB2, enhanced support for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), and enhanced support for the development of Microsoft Sharepoint applications. This release also includes a "go live" license so developers can utilize VS 2010 in production environments.
Microsoft allowed MSDN subscribers to download the VS 2010 RC earlier this week, with public availability coming later today (February 10th).