The Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate was released last week to MSDN subscribers.
Microsoft promised back then that the download would be made available to the public shortly afterwards. Microsoft kept the promise and downloads are now available for the public as well.
Visual Studio 2010 offers many improvements over the current retail version Visual Studio 2008. It features a redesigned streamlined IDE that has been optimized for multiple document windows and multi-monitors. The new version of Visual Studio comes with The Microsoft .net Framework 4.0 which is currently also available as a release candidate.
Other additions include integrated support for developing Microsoft Silverlight applications, parallel computing enhancements and support for IBM DB2 and Oracle databases.
Interested users can take a look at the official Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 website for additional information about the changes and additions of that new version.
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Ultimate RC ISO (DVD-5)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Premium RC ISO (DVD-5)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Professional RC ISO (DVD-5)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® Agents 2010 RC ISO (DVD-5)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® Test Professional 2010 RC ISO (DVD-5)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team Foundation Server 2010 RC ISO (DVD-5)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team Explorer 2010 RC ISO (DVD-5)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® Lab Management 2010 RC
Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 RC (x86, x64, ia64)
Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 Client Profile RC (x86, x64)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 SDK RC
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Visualization & Modeling SDK RC
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Remote Debugger RC (x86, x64, ia64)
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Shell (Integrated) RC
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Shell (Isolated) RC
Microsoft® Visual FSHARP 2.0 Runtime RC
The final version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is scheduled for a world wide release on April 12, 2010.
Update: Microsoft today has released the first beta version of Visual Studio 2011. Interested users find download links with a click on the link in the previous sentence.
Update 2: Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015. It is available as a free community edition, and several commercial editions.
Downloads of previous Visual Studio editions are no longer provided by the company.
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