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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Launch Delayed

The expected March 22 release of the final versions of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will be delayed "a few weeks," according to a blog post by S. "Soma" Somasegar, senior vice president of the Microsoft Developer Division.

Somasegar cited the volume of developer feedback to the beta tooling, specifically in the area of virtual memory usage and performance, for the delay. Microsoft will add an interim checkpoint release to the VS/.NET review cycle to ensure that improvements cast into the recent beta 2 drop are fully accounted for.

"With these improvements in the product, we do want to make sure that they truly address the performance issues while continuing to maintain a high quality bar. As a result, we are going to extend the beta period by adding another interim checkpoint release, a Release Candidate with a broad “go live” license, which will be publicly available in the February 2010 timeframe," Somasegar wrote.

The first beta version of Visual Studio 2010, released in May, produced performance concerns from testers. "It's sometimes more sluggish to use than Visual Studio 2008 on the same hardware, but I'm hoping that will be resolved by the time it's released," said Vaibhav Gadodia, a .NET architect at outsourcer Nagarro Inc. at the time.

While developers noted significant performance improvements between beta 1 and beta 2, Somasegar's blog post makes clear that issues remain.

"Based on what we’ve heard, we clearly needed to do more work. Over the last couple of months, our engineering team has been doing a push to improve performance. We have made significant progress in this space since Beta 2," Somasegar wrote, before continuing. "Since the goal of the Release Candidate is to get more feedback from you, the team will need some time to react to that feedback before creating the final release build. We are therefore moving the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 back a few weeks.

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Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.

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