Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Released

Now that I am back as insider at Microsoft, I guess it would be uncool of me to poke fun at the length of the names that we have to squeeze in to our headlines for product releases.  Nothing will ever top my personal favorite “Windows Live One Care Family Safety Settings Beta."  Yeah, that happened.

Awesomeness ensues for MSDN subscribers who can download the beta bits on Oct 19th, and general availability will come on the 21st.  For those of you who want to wait until the product is formally released before you go play with it, you now know that you get to wait until Mar 22nd, 2010.  I prefer to get a head start with new bits.  I was an intern when we released Windows 95 beta, and had all 21 floppy disks from the building 17 receptionist.

The Visual Studio team is also kicking off their Ultimate Offer.  What is it?  A pretty cool program meant to give you, the developer, more free shit.  Free shit is never bad, but this is quite a stack of stuff. 

As one of the people who cares very deeply about our developer platforms, the release of Beta 2 is a huge deal.  No matter what type of application you want to build, .NET can help you get started.  If you stop and think about that for a second, it’s pretty amazing.  Your speed to solution is greatly improved by having so many building blocks available to you, but where the framework really shines is allowing .NET developers to take one set of skills and apply them to any of the UX experiences presented by the web, client, server, mobile, or even XBox/Zune.

As part of reaching out to the development community, we are kicking off a campaign meant to highlight some amazing stories of developers doing some pretty unexpected things with .NET.  In gathering personas for this campaign, I have had the pleasure of learning about some pretty awesome uses of .NET.  For sure, check out the stories, but also head over and share your own stories.