Today Microsoft introduced beta 2 of their next update to Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. As a Microsoft Regional Director and Visual Studio Team System influential, I have used and tested this future version for a while. It’s represents the first major upgrade to the Visual Studio suite since Visual Studio .NET was upgraded from Visual Studio 6.
That’s not the only news today, the official launch date for the final product is announced and will take place on March 22nd, 2010!
What I mean with first major upgrade in a while, is that previous updates (2003, 2005, 2008) have been incremental updates to the first IDE and framework. 2010 comes with a completely new IDE which is built on Windows Presentation Foundation, and there’s a new version of the framework which has some big upgrades as well.
Download now and try it out for yourself!
View screenshots to see what it’s all about!
License and Pricing
In other news today, there are some major changes to the licensing and pricing model for Visual Studio and MSDN. This is something I have worked for, getting Microsoft to understand and realize how problematic the existing SKU licensing is. It’s been hard for business’ to understand which version to actually buy and there has been an artificial limitation on features for a specific role. Many of us fill multiple roles in a project, so the functional differences and limitation has been hurtful for those not willing or able to upgrade to the full Visual Studio Team Suite. It has not been a simple task to convince anyone the premium upgrade to Team Suite, if all you need is additional tester or architect functionality that you normally don’t use on a daily basis.
Good news for all of us, this is changing!
The biggest change is a streamlined upgrade path for developers and reduction of the total numbers of SKUs. Existing Team Edition licenses will be upgraded to the Visual Studio Ultimate, which previously is the same as Visual Studio Team Suite. All existing license levels are upgraded towards something better than before.
Going forward, there will be three main versions of Visual Studio 2010:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate is the comprehensive suite of application lifecycle management tools for teams to ensure quality results from design to deployment.
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium is a complete toolset for developers to deliver scalable, high quality applications.
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional is the essential tool for basic development tasks to allow developers to implement their ideas easily.
For more information on the new packaging, licensing, and pricing of Visual Studio 2010, visit this site.
MSDN Developer Center
Last but not least, there is a full redesign of the MSDN Developer Centers. The new design is easier and more logical than the previous and it integrates content from many sources very seamlessly.
Go check it out!
Going forward I will be blogging more about Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2010 and how these three products represents a great new upgrade for Microsoft developers. Here is a screenshot from the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2 Web Installer, there are plenty more on this Flickr photo set.