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Visual Studio 2010 Delayed

If you've worked with or around Microsoft technology for more than a few years, you probably aren't shocked to hear that the upcoming launch of the company's Visual Studio 2010 integrated development environment (IDE) and .NET Framework 4 platform have been delayed. When you are in the business of building incredibly complex tools and platforms, delays are almost inevitable.

But I have to admit that I was surprised to hear that the expected March 22 release of VS 2010 and .NET 4 would be pushed back "a few weeks," according to a blog post yesterday by S. "Soma" Somasegar, senior vice president of the Microsoft Developer Division. While VS2010 has had its share of performance and stability wrinkles, Microsoft has done an outstanding job of involving the developer community in the product's development cycle. The VS team delivered a very strong beta 2 in October, resolving a host of concerns produced by the first beta, back in May.

Microsoft isn't offering any details, but Somasegar in his blog post singled out issues related to virtual memory usage. He also cited the depth of performance-related improvements in the last beta, though it's not clear if general IDE performance is at issue here.

So what can developers expect to see next? Microsoft will add an interim checkpoint release to the VS/.NET review cycle, which Somasegar described as a "release candidate." That release should be made available under a broad Go Live license in February, Somasegar wrote.

Still, the question begs: How long will we have to wait?

Posted by Michael Desmond on 12/18/2009

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