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Release of Visual Studio 2008

The gates of Microsoft continue to pour new applications into the world. One of the most awaited is the next version of Visual Studio, previously codenamed Orcas. I mentioned a lot of cool stuff featured in the upcoming version in an earlier post and now Beta2 has arrived with Javascript IntelliSense for Silverlight. Download VS2008 right away.

A Beta2 of .NET 3.5 has also arrived. It features built-in ASP.NET AJAX (the technology previously named Atlas). In addition to all this, the developers have also managed to squeeze out the first release candidate of Silverlight. Download Silverlight 1.0 RC if you wish, but I’m more interested in Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh. Even though version 1.1 is further away at the horizon, it has the features everyone been waiting for and I think most people will go easy on 1.0 while waiting for the real one.

Quick primer to all numbers and abbreviations: Visual Studio 2008 (aka Orcas aka VS 9) contains C# version 3.0 and VB.NET version 9.0. It runs on version 3.0 of the CLR and targets version 3.5 of the .NET Framework. You may optionally run it on version 2.0 of the CLR and version 3.0 of the .NET Framework. Everybody got that?

If you have previous beta versions installed, I strongly suggest you follow the migration advices by Scott Guthrie and Rick Strahl. I will uninstall my Beta1 as soon as I get the time.

Update: Amazingly enough, a CTP version of Rosario is already available for download (Rosario is the successor to VS2008).

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