We are extremely happy to announce the release of Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™ Beta 2! MSDN subscribers can access LightSwitch Beta 2 today and public availability will be Thursday, March 17th. Please see Jason Zander’s post that walks through some of the new features.
- MSDN Subscribers download LightSwitch Beta 2 now!
- The general public can download Beta 2 on Thursday at 10AM PST here
Read What’s New in Beta 2 for information on new capabilities in this release. We’d also like to announce that Beta 2 comes with a “Go Live” license which means you can now start using Visual Studio LightSwitch for production projects!
We’ve also done some major updates to the LightSwitch Developer Center with How Do I videos based on Beta 2 as well as a new and improved Learning Center and Beta 2 samples to get you up to speed fast, whether you’re a beginner or advanced developer. We’ll be rolling out more in-depth content and training in the coming weeks so keep checking back.
INSTALLATION NOTES: Visual Studio 2010 Express, Professional, Premium, Test Professional or Ultimate users must install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 before installing Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2. Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 users should uninstall Beta 1 before installing Beta 2. Also see the Beta 2 readme for late breaking issues. These are known incompatible releases with Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 (see links for details on compatibility and workarounds):
- Visual Studio Async CTP – known compatibility details(see *Async CTP Issues with VS2010 SP1* announcement)
- Windows SDK 7.1 – known compatibility details
- Help Viewer Power Tool – known compatibility details
PROJECT UPGRADE NOTES: Due to the many improvements in Beta 2, projects created in Beta 1 cannot be opened or upgraded. You will need to recreate your projects and copy over any user code that you have added. You can get to the user code files by switching to File View in the Solution Explorer. Please note that some APIs have changed so you may need to update some of your code appropriately. At this point we do not plan to introduce breaking changes post-Beta 2 that will cause you to need to recreate your Beta 2 projects.
Have fun building business applications with Visual Studio LightSwitch!
-The LightSwitch Team