Download Visual Studio 2010 to start building Win 7 apps

Microsoft has released a beta version of Visual Studio 2010 and the next version of its .net framework for building web services applications in Windows.

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Microsoft has released a beta version of Visual Studio 2010 and the next version of its .net framework for building web services applications in Windows.

Available to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers, the products offer built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, together with support for Silverlight and multicore processors. Microsoft claims applications built using the new version of the .net framework will be 81% smaller than applications built in the previous version of the framework.

The tools are aimed at getting software developers to make the most of the new functionality offered in Windows 7 and SharePoint 2010, the next release of Microsoft's portal and collaboration platform. S Somasegar, senior vice-president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, said, "Now is the time to test drive the new functionality and features in these releases, which address everything from Windows 7 and SharePoint support to collaboration and lifecycle management."

Microsoft has amended the licensing, with a new top-level subscription for MSDN, which gives software developers test and development rights to use Microsoft server software (including Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008), Microsoft Office, and premium Visual Studio tools).

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