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Visual Studio 11 beta due on Feb 29

Developers will be able to get their hands on the next version of the venerable Visual Studio IDE next week.

Mark February 29 in your calendars, as Microsoft will deliver the betas of Windows 8, the new version of Visual Studio codenamed Visual Studio 11 and a beta of the .NET 4.5 framework on that day.

The Visual Studio and .NET beta will arrive with go-live licensing, meaning that production deployments will be supported.

An addition to the tools is Team Foundation Server Express, which will be a cut-down version of the existing Team Foundation Server. It will also be free and support a team of up to five people.

A more noticeable change is the new UI for the suite that does away with the colour schemes in favour of a washed-out appearance.


(Credit: Microsoft)

Redmond has reduced the amount of UI that is shown to the developer. An example of this is the removal of cut and paste buttons from the toolbar, as research showed that users were using the shortcut keys instead.

On the .NET side, C# and Visual Basic will support asynchronous code, with the framework now providing WebSocket support, background server garbage collection and multicore background JIT compilation.

Remember all those times that a non-developer/designer sent through a mock-up on PowerPoint? Hold onto that chill in your spine as they are going to increase with support coming for storyboarding within PowerPoint.


(Credit: Microsoft)

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2 comments
Gisabun
Gisabun

Releasing this beta the same day as the Win 8 public preview. The servers will be working overtime in ther days to come. Disc space shouldfn't be much of an issue since most computers are hitting 1TB+ of space anyways. As far as speed, that's different.

spiralsites
spiralsites

I bet its still as slow as 2010 and as disc hungry as before, I seem to spend my life waiting for visual studio to do something even running on an I5 with 8GB of ram!!! fingers crossed its better but I doubt it