Microsoft Ships Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate

Microsoft has delivered the release candidate version of the company's Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 application development suite.

Microsoft has delivered the release candidate version of the company's Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 application development suite.

The software giant announced the updated release of the latest update of the upcoming delivery of its flagship development tools suite and core development platform. Microsoft had previously forecast a delay in the shipment of the next version of its core development tools suite.

In a blog post, S. "Soma" Somasegar, senior vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, said:

""Today, we are making available the Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 to all MSDN subscribers. The RC will be made available to the world on Wednesday, February 10th. The RC includes a go-live license for people who want to deploy in their production environment.""

Meanwhile, in a separate blog post, Jason Zander, general manager of the Visual Studio team at Microsoft, said:

""We got a lot of invaluable feedback on Beta 2 through Connect as well as your survey responses. In particular many of you pointed out areas of performance where we were not at parity with VS2008 and it was impacting your ability to adopt the product. Some of those areas of feedback included general UI responsiveness (including painting, menus, remote desktop and VMs), editing (typing, scrolling, and Intellisense), designers (Silverlight and WPF in particular), improved memory usage, debugging (stepping, managed/native interop), build times, and solution/project load.""

Somasegar added: "The goal of this RC is to get more feedback from you and ensure we've addressed the performance issues in the product. We have made significant performance improvements specifically as it relates to loading solutions, typing, building and debugging."

Somasegar said Microsoft's goal is to make the RC widely available so as to get maximum feedback on the release and to be able to address the core concerns of developers.

Zander also said: "In addition to taking any final feedback from you, we are working closely with 3rd party companies that have popular Visual Studio add-ins (such as Resharper, CodeRush, Whole Tomato, etc) to make sure the environment works well. We've still got more work to do here but are making great progress."

Moreover, according to published reports, Microsoft has acknowledged issues with Visual Studio 2010. According to All About Microsoft:

"Microsoft execs have acknowledged publicly the problems with VS2010. Just today, I read a February 7 blog post from a member of the Visual Studio Quality Assurance team, Kirill Osenkov, that explained succinctly some of the problems with the product:"During Beta 1 and Beta 2 it became painfully obvious that the new VS had an obesity problem: it was slow, consumed a lot of memory and the worst thing, with enough modules loaded it stopped fitting into the 2GB address space on 32-bit machines.... In a nutshell, with a lot of new functionality a lot more modules were loaded into memory. Besides, we now had to fully load the CLR (Common Language Runtime) and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) at application startup. Moreover, there were all kinds of memory leaks all over the place.""