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Helping you understand what Visual Studio 2010 Means to YOU! Vol 12-51 | December 2, 2009
Adam Gallant
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Hi — my name is Adam Gallant, Technology Specialist for Tools and ALM at Microsoft Canada. It’s a real thrill to be a guest editor for the MSDN Flash this time around, and I’m particularly excited about a topic that directly impacts you as a developer and that is the impending launch of Visual Studio 2010 .

There are tons and tons of great things to talk about when it comes to Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Testing and Lab Management . From the point of view of every person involved in producing software inside, outside, and between organizations, the Visual Studio product line with MSDN subscriptions is full of enhancements that affect you and will help you do your job better.

Most importantly, for customers who have existing and current MSDN subscriptions , there are some really great changes in licensing that will ensure you get access to at least the same, and most likely, more functionality than you have now. The Ultimate Offer helps you take advantage of this extra value and is something you can take advantage of now to support you with the transition. I just wrapped up an event series spreading the word about the 2010 release of Microsoft’s tooling. So I’d encourage you to email me if you have any questions about how to take advantage of the new upcoming release of Visual Studio 2010 or how you can take advantage of the Ultimate Offer before it goes away.

If you haven’t tried the functionality of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0, you can start today by downloading Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 versions , and even using them in supported, production scenarios, with the accompanying Go Live license. Whatever version of the framework you target, and whatever type of application you are building, there’s something in this release for you!  Enjoy this week’s edition of the MSDN Flash.

Virtual Lab
Channel 9 VS2010 and .NET 4 Training Course
Webcast
Upgrade Considerations for TFS 2010 Go Live!
Downloads
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2
Developer Blog IT Architect Blog IT Manager Blog UX Blog IT Pro Blog

NEWS IN A FLASH

Register for an upcoming event on Visual Studio 2010 in Toronto on Dec 10 at 8:30AM-EST.

Register now (Invitation Code: 15C3E4) to learn about all the exciting changes in Visual Studio 2010.  This event will explain the recently announced major changes in the product line-up for Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN subscriptions.
Visual Studio Team Systems (VSTS) 2010: Register now for this webcast

VSTS 2010 is a major new product release. Not only does it include a brand new version of the .net framework and clr, it also offers an impressive set of incremental functionality across all of the client and server products, to provide an incredible ALM environment for project teams of all sizes.In this webcast, we will do a quick survey of some of the more high impact changes in VSTS 2010 and demonstrate their use.
Limited Time Only: Visual Studio Ultimate Offer

Save Money on Visio Studio 2010: Buy or renew your MSDN Premium subscription now to receive a more advanced edition of Visual Studio 2010 with MSDN when it ships. Limited time only - Act now .
Register for the “How to build effective reporting features in SaaS applications” webcast on Dec 2nd, 2-3pm EST.

Join us for an in depth look data mining on SaaS applications. Francis Beaudet, Chief Architect at Macadamian Technologies, business intelligence expert, will be using some readily available tools to simplify data mining in Web apps, and build reporting functionality in SaaS apps in a matter of days(or sometimes hours). Register here .
Download Silverlight 4 Beta

Last week at PDC, Silverlight 4 Beta was introduced. There are lots of exciting new features in Silverlight 4 including Printing API, Right-click event handling, Webcam access, and much enhancements around networking and media areas. This is a developer release. What this means is that there is no "go-live" licensing available and the end-user runtime of Silverlight 4 is not available.
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Hit Sessions from PDC09
PDC09 Keynotes from Day 1

PDC09 Keynotes from Day 2

A Lap Around Microsoft Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010

Microsoft Silverlight 4 Overview

See all the sessions at PDC:
Training Resources
Office 2010 Workshop . The Office 2010 Developer Workshop includes videos and presentations. This content is designed to help you get started developing solutions, from Add-ins to full featured Office Business Applications, using Visual Studio 2010 with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 as the core platform.
SharePoint Development in Visual Studio 2010 . Visual Studio 2010 provides an alternative to creating SharePoint-based applications through SharePoint Designer. Visual Studio promotes rapid deployment of SharePoint by providing such features as advanced debugging tools, IntelliSense, statement completion, and project templates.
Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 . This video will take you through all of the key things you need to know to get up and running quickly with beta 2.
Security for Developers
Download Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation . Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools.
Download SDL for Agile . Included as part of the SDL 4.1a Process Guidance, SDL-Agile is a streamlined process that melds Agile methods and security. SDL-Agile will allow development teams to innovate and react quickly to changing customer needs while developing software with enhanced security.
Become a Web Debugging Virtuoso with Fiddler . Learn how teams around Microsoft and ISVs around the world use the Fiddler web debugging tool to find bugs, troubleshoot performance problems, and uncover security vulnerabilities in both client and server code.
Silverlight 4 Beta Development Tools
Visual Web Developer Express 2010 Beta 2
Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2010
Expression Blend for .NET 4 Preview — for authoring Silverlight 4 and WPF 4 applications and more here .
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