Visual Studio 2010 enhancements

Today, I have the privilege of keynoting TechEd Middle East in Dubai for the second year in a row.

TechEd Middle East debuted last year, and this year the event has grown significantly.  TechEd provides a nice opportunity to show off some of the cool work that teams at Microsoft do.  I love connecting with customers and hearing how they're using our products, and for me, TechEd is a great way to get that.

I'm sharing several pieces of news with the live audience in Dubai that I want to share with you as well.

Visual Studio 2010 SP1

Visual Studio 2010 shipped about 11 months ago, and we continue to work on it and respond to customer feedback received through Visual Studio Connect.  This feedback has guided our focus to improve several areas, including IntelliTrace, unit testing, and Silverlight profiling.  

You can learn more about how we're improving Visual Studio 2010 on Jason Zander's blog later today.  On March 8th, MSDN subscribers will be able to download and install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 from their subscriber downloads.  If you're not an MSDN subscriber, you can get the update on Thursday, March 10th.

TFS-Project Server Integration Feature Pack

Also available for Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscribers via Download Center today is the TFS-Project Server Integration Feature Pack.  Integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server enables teams to work more effectively together using Visual Studio, Project, and SharePoint and coordinates development between teams using disparate methodologies, such as waterfall and agile, via common data and metrics.

Visual Studio Load Test Feature Pack

We know that ensuring your applications perform continuously at peak levels at all times is central to your success.  Yet load and performance testing often happen late in the application lifecycle.  And fixing defects and detecting architectural and design issues later in the application lifecycle is more expensive than defects caught earlier in development.  This is why we've built load and performance testing capabilities into the Visual Studio IDE itself.

Today, we're introducing a new benefit - Visual Studio 2010 Load Test Feature Pack - available to all Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers.  With this feature pack, you can simulate as many virtual users as you need without having to purchase additional Visual Studio Load Test Virtual User Pack 2010 licenses.  For more information regarding this new Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN benefit, visit the Visual Studio Load Test Virtual User Pack 2010 page.

Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2

Visual Studio LightSwitch offers a simple way to develop line of business applications for the desktop and cloud.  Since the launch of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1, we have seen over 100,000 downloads of the tool and a lot of developer excitement.  In the coming weeks, we will make available Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2.  With this second beta, we will also enable you to build line of business applications that target Windows Azure and SQL Azure. 

In the meantime you can learn more about LightSwitch and follow the @VisualStudio Twitter account for announcements.


Comments (33)

  1. FZB says:

    do you happen to know if the sp will also be published via wsus, and if so if on the 10th or lateron?

  2. Deepak Chitnis says:

    VS 2010 SP1 not available for download on MSDN Subscription as of now (9:55 Eastern). Will check back later. I was waiting for this to be released for a long time. Thanks for all the new features especially support for IIS Express and SQL CE 4.0

  3. Will says:

    11:27 est and still waiting…

  4. Alex Dresko says:

    Is there a difference between the "load test feature pack" and the "virtual user pack"? The link on this blog post doesn't say anything about a "load test feature pack"…

  5. Lynwood says:

    Does SP1 enable true 64bit debugging for web apps or just WOW64 which is limited to 2GB of RAM?

    This MS page implies that IIS Express won't be capable of true 64bit operation.…/iis-75-express-readme

    We need to debug MVC web applications running in true 64bit (not WOW) mode.  This need arises because the applications use over 2GB of ram.

    Currently, our options are to manually configure full IIS on local host or to use a 64bit build of CassiniDev ( ).  At our company, we like the drop in replacement Cassini because it "just works" and projects don't require any special settings to get true 64bit debugging with Visual Studio.  We always found it odd that we had to go create this build rather than it being built into VS 2010 and were hoping to see something like this become part of the SP1 release.

    IIS Express seems to be the new preferred debugger, which seems neat since it is more like production IIS than Cassini.  However, lack of 64bit support is a deal breaker, and we are concerned that upgrading to VS 2010 – SP1  will break our 64 bit Cassini projects and require a manual fix for each project.

    You may also reach me directly via our contact info at for more details.

  6. GT says:

    Every 6 weeks Google makes Chrome faster by a few percentage points, and sometimes they double the speed (the latest JavaScript engine update).

    Once a year, Microsoft fixes a few bugs in VS.NET

    Today’s JavaScript inside Google Chrome is laterally faster than C# / .NET 4.0, unfortunately it still does not do everything, but who knows, it is becoming better every few weeks.

    We still use VS.NET because there is no alternative, some of the new code now explicitly requires Google Chrome, and once there is a good alternative to VS, will simply replace.

    What I am trying to say, there is no need to make VS.NET faster, Windows Mobile 7 is maybe very good, but still losing market share, because normal people don’t trust Microsoft at all, you are about to experience the same with VS.NET

    Good luck

  7. Kibonster says:

    Dear GT, you compare development IDE and browser – what those have in common that you are comparing them??? )))

  8. Sam says:

    @GT: Compare Chrome to IE 9. Today, IE 9 is faster than the latest released version of Chrome in terms of not only Javascript performance but also hardware acceleration. Google is an immature company compared to Microsoft. They are new to all these things and trying to impress people by trying to force people to think they are the "fastest" and make quick changes. For more than 3 years their gmail was beta! Their cloud infrastructure is way behind the stability and performance of Azure (Microsoft cloud) and their support compared to Microsoft is clearly bottom. You can't say a company is better just because it comes out with an update every few weeks for one product (Chrome). Andriod is a junk OS as well – Trojan horses all over the place and is the least secure mobile OS/infrastruture (when it comes to apps).

    VS.NET – no matter what few lunatics and few dis-passionate VB6-Foxpro stuck developers say, is the best out there and there is virtually no company in the world to challenge that.

    Don't even get me started about Windows Phone 7. You should not open your mouth unless you use it and experience it. People in the US don't use it because it has become Apple's stronghold at this time and people are locked in 2-year contracts). Look at Europe – different story all together!

  9. GT says:

    @SAM, Nice propaganda 🙂 “or as Quadaffi will say, zinga zinga :-)” , good luck developing a large application that works on multiple computers using .Net and let’s say WPF 🙂

    @Kibonster open Google Chrome development tools and play with them (they are not fully completed yet, but working very well) then compare them to SLOZALEX tm (VS.NET), from less than one second in Chrome to hours in VS.NET (Microsoft: do less with more)

    It is pointless to write here, I had to download VS.NET SP1 for the current project, and I remembered all my VS development problems, my next project is not based on VS.NET anyway.

    Good luck

  10. Minh says:

    @GT: What issues did you have with Visual Studio?  What language did you use?

    I still don't quite understand your comparison of Chrome and .NET.  They are two different animals.  Can you build reliable LOB with web technologies and Chrome?

  11. Mark Gordon says:

    Hi Sam,

    I see you are still trying to win your MVP aren't you? Let's review your comments.

    @Sam: Are you serious, Google is an immature company compared to Microsoft. What are you basing this on, search engine rankings or stock prices?

    Sam wrote "For more than 3 years their gmail was beta!" Visual Studio and .NET are ALWAYS in BETA, at least THAT IS what that the product feels like. Microsoft calls their beta-ware, release candidates. Semantics…. They have not released a production quality completed development tool since VS 6.0.

    Sam goes on to say. Andriod is a junk OS as well – Wow I can tell you never used an android or did your homework.

    Microsoft and security should not be used in the same sentence. IE never meet a virus it didn't let through, it is like swiss cheese.

    @Sam I am Still waiting for you to code out a business application in less lines of code then I can in VFP and just for grins lets mention some irrelevant factor like COST as well! So hmmm where is that app at Sam, still working on it?

    MSFT is putting forth no innovation with VS and merely copying the open source community in a bloated fashion.


  12. SD says:

    Do you know if the LightSwitch Beta 2 will work in combination with the Visual Studio SP1?

  13. TOM says:

    @GT and @Mark I completely am in agreement with both of you! @Sam how much Microsoft stock do you own?

  14. James says:

    March 10 over here in NZ, I guess we have to wait until the US wakes up, as usual 🙂

  15. Sam says:

    @GT: There is no propaganda. All facts. Don't need luck from you. Moreover, both .NET apps and WPF apps work on multiple computers that run Windows just fine. Don't just write bunch of lines as a troll.

    @Mark Gordon: I don't need to win anything. Very happy where I am. As for you, we all know you are still stuck in the past. Sorry, only the invention of the time machine can save you. Well, may be even that cannot. Last time you needed bailout from your troll friends to save your "dignity". What do you want now? What is your point of writing endless nonsense on a .NET blog post? I don't work for you so I don't need to write any program for you. Take your nonsense elsewhere because no one cares what you "feel" about VS.NET or about IE. Hell, you are not even a developer or user of Microsoft products since you use Andriod and browsers other than IE. So, yeah, write as much bull you want to. who cares.

    @Tom: 250. Probably that's more than what you own in total.

  16. David says:

    1. Why isn't there a full .NET 4.0 SP1 being released along VS 2010 SP1?

    2. Is there a way to slipstream SP1?

    3. Will there be SP1-integrated ISO on MSDN, TechNet and DreamSpark?

  17. phuff says:


    LightSwitch Beta 2 will require SP1 to install.

    Polita Paulus


  18. phuff says:


    VS2010 SP1 will be available on Microsoft Update in the coming months.

    Polita Paulus


  19. phuff says:

    Alex Dresko:

    If you are an active Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscriber, you would already have the unlimited load testing benefit provided by Visual Studio 2010 Load Test Feature Pack. If you are not an active Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscriber (expired subscription or L-only), you would need to purchase Visual Studio Load Test Virtual User Pack 2010. For additional questions, please see:…/ff520697.aspx

    Polita Paulus


  20. phuff says:


    SP1 does not contain support for 64-bit IIS Express.  We hope to have support for 64-bit IIS Express in the future.

    For now I would recommend you continue to use 64-bit Cassini or full IIS until we have a 64-bit solution with IIS Express.

    Polita Paulus


  21. Lynwood says:

    Thanks for the update on true (not wow) 64bit debugging.

    We will be excited to see that come out in a future release.

    Is there anywhere we can comment to up vote the priority on that?

  22. phuff says:


    Your comment on this blog and on Jason's both went to the product team, so consider your voice heard. 🙂


  23. Marcello says:

    I don't think its right to continue adding new features and enhancements while the old problems are not fixed. I installed the SP1 and the Class Viewer and Object browser still doesn’t show inherited members from base classes. It is not possible to view any member from the base classes either. This feature worked in VS2005 and VS2008. I filed a complaint in Microsoft Connect in the early days of VS2010 beta. I saw other members complaining about this problem as well with no avail. I will appreciate if your team can address and release a fix for this problem.

  24. Te says:

    How do i link parameter to report?

  25. LMK says:

    @GT et al:

    I think commenters are missing the point about the Chrome/VS comparison. The comparison is around the release philosophies of each… MS releases seldom, but produces countless bolt-ons ("extensions") and service packs that make for an incredibly complex ecosystem. Get the mix wrong and VS becomes even more unreliable than it is out of the box (speaking from experience).

    This is why IE9 is doomed to failure – yes, it may gave caught up to Chrome but it will rapidly fall behind again. It can only ever play catch up.

    I would far prefer the Chrome model for VS, of new features and bug fixes every couple of months, instead of painful "big bangs" every few years. Yes, a few bugs will slip through. But hey, there are plenty in there now…

    Note I am NOT suggesting the underlying framework should be updated more regularly… quite the opposite. In fact I wish this pace would slow down. A lot of features released in new versions could probably be built into the compilers and/or libraries we could bundle with our software.

    I love the .Net languages but MS needs to get with the times or someone else will do it better…

  26. Sumit Kumar [Visual C++ Team] says:

    @ Marcello

    Are you seeing this problem in the final release of Visual Studio 2010 SP1 or in the Beta release? I ask because this fix was not included in the Beta release of SP1. The final release of SP1 has a fix for this bug. Also, please make sure to check the ‘Show Inherited Members’ option in the settings for Class View and Object Browser.

    If you continue to see this problem in the final release of Visual Studio 2010 SP1, please contact me at sumit dot kumar at microsoft dot com. I will work with you to investigate further.

    Thanks for your feedback.

  27. gph says:

    Still no intellisense for C++/CLI!?!?!?! WTF?

  28. Diego Dagum (Visual C++ Community PM) says:

    Hi @gph, we'd have loved to get C++/CLI IntelliSense fixed in the SP1 timeframe. We recently announced that it's coming for sure in the next major release of Visual Studio. Please check this blog post (…/10136696.aspx ) as it answers the fundamental questions about this feature: why has been removed and why takes so long to get it back? We'll keep talking about this one and other news in our blog ( ).

  29. Marcello says:


    I have VS2010 + SP1 and with the class viewer configured to show public members, and inherited members.

    a) Inherited members from MFC classes are hidden ( when a class is derived from and MFC class).

    b) Public member functions and variables from base classes past the 2nd level of inheritance are hidden: the class viewer shows only the members from the previous 2 classes.

    For example:

    In the Derived3  -> Base1 class members are hidden

    In the Derived4  -> Base1 and Derived1 class members are hidden.


  30. Marcello says:

    I found the new Help Viewer 1.1 not as good as the old Document Explorer:  

    1. Search results are displayed in a column not in a new Window that would be easier to read.

    2. After a search, with the Help Viewer window maximized, it shows about 6.5 hits in the results tab. These results are not easy to read because they are displayed in a newspaper column format. The number of hits is also missing.

    Compared to searching in the MSDN Library Oct 2001, I got 35 hits, that are nearly 300% more information plus the results include Location and #Rank.

    3. It is not possible to sort the results by rank, title, etc;

    4. It is not possible to filter the results by subsets, even MSDN library in the HTmlHelp (Chm) format had that functionality.

    5. It is not possible to hide / pin the left pane.

  31. Jeff says:


    Thanks for taking time to provide specific and thoughtful feedback on Help Viewer 1.1. The intended benefit of displaying search results alongside help content is that you can iteratively refine your search query without displacing your current topic. The divider is adjustable and lets you widen the search results pane to display more results. I do understand your criticisms of this approach. I will review all of your suggestions – including sorting, filtering and hiding/pinning – with our engineering team for consideration in a future release of the Help Viewer.


    Jeff Braaten, Library Experience Team

  32. Sumit Kumar [Viusal C++ Team] says:

    @ Marcello – reg. the Class View bug

    Thanks again for your continued feedback via the comments on this blog post and via emails.

    Regarding the issues you are seeing in SP1 –

    a)Currently, the members from the base classes in the implicit headers are not shown in the Class View. As you mentioned in your email, this makes the information more readable by scoping it to the contents in your project. And in cases where this is not sufficient, directly including the implicit header files in your project enables showing the members from the base classes in those files. In the future releases we will explore making this feature more flexible by having the ability to include/exclude the implicit headers.

    b)You are correct, this is a remaining bug that we will address in a future release of Visual Studio. One alternative in the current state is to complete the picture transitively – by expanding the base type nodes in the top pane and observing their members in the bottom pane successively.

    I sincerely hope that your problems are mitigated and you are unblocked from adopting Visual Studio 2010. Please continue to share your feedback  – it really helps us in improving our product.


    Sumit Kumar

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