Visual Studio "Orcas" March 2007 CTP is available for download

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is the next generation development tool for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and the Web.

Visual Studio code name “Orcas” delivers on Microsoft’s vision of smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality rich user experiences. This new version enables any size organization to rapidly create more secure, manageable, and more reliable applications that take advantage of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System. By building these new types of applications, organizations will find it easier than ever before to capture and analyze information so that they can make effective business decisions.

The highlights of this CTP include:

  • The LINQ Project: this CTP represents a major milestone in the LINQ project.
  • VB 9.0 Language Support
  • C# 3.0 Language Support
  • LINQ To SQL Designer
  • LINQ over XML (XLinq)
  • System.Xml Bridge Classes added
  • LINQ to Objects API
  • ADO.NET vNext
  • Web
  • Client App-Level Services
  • C# Workflow Rules
  • XML
  • MSBuild
  • UAC Manifests in the Managed Build Process
  • IDE
  • CLR
  • Office
  • Team Architect
  • Team Developer
  • Team Test 
  • Team Foundation Server
  • Visual C++

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Comments (5)
  1. Dennis says:

    Why all the images. Is it too dificult to install?

  2. MSDN Archive says:

    Dennis, the images are for use as a VPC image. The different files at are for a self-extracting install. Be careful when installing on a production machine, these are still CTP bits.

    The software is split into a number of smaller files to ease the download.

  3. Microsoft’s David Boschmans reveals that the March Community Technology Preview of the upcoming Orcas release of Visual Studio is now available from the Microsoft Download Center. The download overview has a list of what’s new in the Marc..

  4. Yesterday I listed ASP.NET AJAX as one of the technologies discussed. During my talk I mentioned that

  5. B# .NET Blog says:

    A few months ago in the TechEd: Developers Europe timeframe I blogged about the Automatic Property feature

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