Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Deliver Beta 2 in Final Stretch to March 22 Launch

As Mary-Jo Foley reported and (as noted on twitter) just announced on Microsoft PressPass, Dave Mendlen discusses availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2, the March 22, 2010, launch date, and the simplified product lineup for Visual Studio 2010, including the Ultimate Offer.

"Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 to MSDN subscribers; general availability will follow on Oct. 21. The company also outlined a simplified product lineup and pricing options for Visual Studio 2010 as well as new benefits for MSDN subscribers, including the Ultimate Offer, available to all active MSDN Premium subscribers at the official product launch on March 22, 2010.

Ultimate Offer?

"With the Ultimate Offer, active MSDN Premium subscribers will be transitioned to a higher-level Visual Studio 2010 with MSDN subscription at launch. This provides access to an unprecedented amount of resources, including test and development rights for Microsoft server software (including Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008), Microsoft Office, and premium Visual Studio tools.

“The 2010 wave is not only about innovation but about helping our customers get significantly more for their investments,” said Dave Mendlen, senior director of developer marketing at Microsoft. “The Ultimate Offer and new MSDN subscriber benefits combine to give developers access to high-quality tools, training and community support while at the same time providing organizations with an immensely better value for their money.”

As Scott Hanselman noted in his blog today


"You may notice a few things in the new Splash Screen above. There’s a new Visual Studio logo that goes nicely as well as a new logo for MSDN. You probably heard that we launched a new MSDN this weekend and today we add the new logo and background. This new MSDN is the beginning of a more agile, community focused MSDN and you should expect to see and hear of cool stuff coming from the team, often, in the months to come. Of note will be the new MSDN Lightweight view, soon to be the default view for the library. 

"In the coming weeks I’ll dig into more details on the these new things and how they work together:

  • Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4
  • Windows 7
  • Microsoft Developer Network

"Enjoy! Also, be sure to check out Soma’s blog post and go get Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 as soon as you can!"


For more information on the new packaging, licensing, and pricing of Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN, visit

If you’re interested in downloading Beta 2, visit for the latest details.


Tags: Microsoft, Visual Studio, VS2010, Beta, MSDN, developer, development tools.

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