Want the Visual Studio 2010 beta? You can have it

The Visual Studio 2010 beta is now available to the general public, so you now longer need to have an MSDN sub to get a copy. Here are the links (primarily ISO images):


There is also a training kit, which you should download to get a head start, as well as WCF and WF samples for .NET 4.0. You should also check out the Visual Studio Developer Center page for Visual Studio 2010.

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 are “Go Live”. Per Jeff Beehler’s Blog, this means:

  • We are committed to providing a smooth upgrade path from Beta 2 to the final release (“RTM”) of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4. For Team Foundation Server, this means moving data from Team Foundation Server 2008 to Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 and then eventually to Team Foundation Server 2010 RTM. Most importantly this means source code, work items, tests, builds and the warehouse.
  • We give you permission to use Beta 2 to create applications using runtimes which are “go live.” For example, the .NET Framework 4 is “go live” for beta2 and you can create applications both for internal use and external use. See the license terms for more details, including pre-release notifications and other details for distribution.
  • Our Support team is staffed to help support Beta 2 if you encounter problems. If you plan to use Beta 2 for “go live” please send email to vsgolive@microsoft.com so that we can register you for support.
  • Another option for requesting assistance is to visit MSDN Forums. The MSDN Forums are frequented by Microsoft MVP’s and members of the product group, and are a great place to search for issues submitted by others which might match problems you encounter.
  • You should take adequate measures to back up and protect your data prior to upgrading to Beta 2. You should also have an ongoing data backup and protection plan in place during your use of Beta 2.

Peace and Grace,

Twitter: @gbworld


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