February 10, 2010, 10:51 AM — Microsoft has taken another step toward releasing its Visual Studio 2010 IDE and the accompanying .Net Framework 4 programming platform, offering a release candidate (RC) for the paired technologies on Monday.
The RC stage is considered the last step prior to a general release, with developers able to offer final feedback. Microsoft has scheduled the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 for April 12, after having scrapped an initial March 22 launch date to work on performance issues found by beta testers.
The downloadable release candidate was offered to MSDN subscribers on Monday. Non-members can get it on Wednesday. Visual Studio 2010 features capabilities for developing applications for the Microsoft SharePoint collaboration platform, Windows 7, and the Windows Azure cloud platform; .Net Framework 4 offers features such as a reduction in size.
"Thank you for all the feedback you've sent our way so far," said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Microsoft developer division, in a blog post on Monday, "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."
Microsoft has received a lot of feedback on the Beta 2 release of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4, said Jason Zander, general manager of the Microsoft developer division, in a Monday blog post.