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Microsoft release Orcas beta and .NET framework 3.5

After two community previews Microsoft have released the first beta of their new Visual Studio development tools, code named "Orcas".

After two community previews Microsoft have released the first beta of their new Visual Studio development tools, code named "Orcas".

The new tools which were released overnight focus on developing applications on Windows Vista, Office 2007, and AJAX Web applications.

Included in the release is LINQ, Windows Communication Foundation, and Visual Studio Tools for Office. To accommodate the new tools users will have to install the newly released .NET 3.5 Framework.

According to reports the new version of Visual Studio may not be officially released as a supported product by the end of the year.

To download the beta visit the Microsoft beta page.

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