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Microsoft launches 2010 slate of developer tools at Bangalore TechEd

Microsoft used its annual developer event in India , TechEd to announce the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 – the latest edition of ‘the most widely used developer tool in the world’. Also unveiled were two other iterations: .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4 released to Web (RTW).

"Visual Studio 2010 powers breakthrough departmental applications and enables developers to take advantage of emerging platforms like cloud services", said S. Somasegar, Microsoft’s senior Vice President ( Development) in his opening keynote.
A key Enhancement is the new Editor which supports concepts such as the use of multiple monitors. This enables a developer to have one monitor with code, another with the user interface designer, and yet another with database structure. Other new features include Built-in support for Windows 7 multitouch ( so many new consumer PCs come with Touch features); IntelliTrace, a “time machine” which records the application’s execution history and reproduces any reported bugs, enabling the tester to help squash the bug once and for all…..and the ability to integrate SharePoint functionality into the Visual Studio integrated development environment.

Clearly. features like these were on the wish list of many young developers in the standing room only audience, seeing their loud enthusiasm, when Microsoft’s Polita Paulus gave a live demo.

The enhanced .NET Framework 4 adds additional support for industry standards, more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications including parallel programming, and side-by-side installation with .NET Framework 3.5. The size of the runtime has been decreased by over 80 percent, Microsoft claims.
Silverlight 4, offers media and business application capabilities that enable developers to deliver compelling application experiences on or off the Web. New featuresinclude extended out-of-browser capabilities, enhancements for enterprise application developers, and more than 60 customizable pre-written controls to quickly build rich, interactive applications.

Another sign of the times: Silverlight developers can now write their applications once and optimize to deliver through all major browsers on Mac, Windows, and Linux client operating systems with Novell Inc.’s Moonlight project.

For more information on

Visual Studio 2010, www.microsoft.com/visualstudio
.NET Framework 4, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/net/
Silverlight 4 http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight