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Little New at Visual Studio 2010 Launch

There wasn't much new to talk about at the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 launch keynote at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas this morning, and Microsoft President of the Server and Tools Business, Bob Muglia, was first to admit it.

"Today is a celebration. We get to talk about all the great things that are here now with Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4," Muglia said early in his comments to the audience. "There are not a lot of surprises in terms of what Visual Studio 2010 does. We've had it in test, our CTP test program, for quite some time."

The one new bit of news was warmly welcomed by the audience. Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010, the cross-platform collaboration client based on the TeamPrise acquisition made by Microsoft last year. The new tool allows teams working with dev tools other than Visual Studio to link into the resources provided by Team Foundation Server (TFS).

"This is part of what we are delivering with the family of products of Visual Studio 2010. It is fully connected to the Visual Studio 2010 development environment and the Team Foundation Server environment," Muglia explained.

VS Team Explorer Everywhere works on Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix, Muglia said.

To my mind, Muglia and crew left the best for last in the keynote, leaving discussion of Visual Studio 2010's extensive ALM and team-minded features for the end of the keynote session. Ultimately, though, almost all this stuff is well covered ground. Today's keynote, more than anything, was an invitation to developers to explore the new tooling.

Said Muglia: "It is indeed a day and a week to celebrate, and it opens up a new opportunity for all the new solutions."

Posted by Michael Desmond on 04/12/2010 at 1:15 PM


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