Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is now available publicly. You can download the edition you want to try from Download Beta 2. You’ll have your choice of each edition in Visual Studio 2010 or .NET Framework 4, including the free Express versions.
Although this is a community preview, Beta 2 comes with a “go live” license which means you can start using the product for production related work.
Team Foundation Server (TFS) is now available with all versions of Visual Studio 2010. You can get started with TFS Basic and work up to full multi-sever support, SharePoint integration, etc as your needs grow. The goal of Team Foundation Server is to create a central repository with a set of tools that make it really easy to collaborate between roles: bug tracking, source control, and builds.
Developer Training Kit
This week, we released the October preview of the Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Training Kit. This is a downloadable version of our training content used in our early adopter training workshops and includes 15 presentations, 13 Demos and 20 Hands-on Labs.
This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including:
- C# 4.0
- Visual Basic 10
- Parallel Extensions
- Windows Communication Foundation
- Windows Workflow
- Windows Presentation Foundation
- ASP.NET 4
- Windows 7
- Entity Framework
- ADO.NET Data Services
- Managed Extensibility Framework
- Visual Studio Team System
Download the developer kit from Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit on the Microsoft Download Center.
Free Developer Training via Video, Labs
Explore Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 with a new training course on Channel 9. These videos and labs, with links to extensive training kits, allow developers to get started on hands-on-learning about emerging technologies at your own pace.
The developer evangelists who bring you the 10-4 Show are providing videos and labs for you to get familiar with .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010. This exclusive opportunity lets developers access free courseware online in a self-paced learning experience.
Installing Beta 2
Jason Zander walks though the steps of setting up your development environment to include Team Foundation Server. Team Foundation Server will be part of the all of the Visual Studio offerings. Zander’s posting helps you understand “why TFS” and how you can get started using the system. See Tutorial: Getting Started with TFS in VS2010.
If you would prefer a video, Brian Keller shows you how to download and install Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Beta 2. This time-compressed video will take you through all of the key things you need to know to get up and running quickly with beta 2. See 10-4 Episode 33: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation