Beta of First Service Pack for Visual Studio 2010 Arrives

VS2010Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta is now ready for download to MSDN subscribers.

Jason Zander, General Manager of the Visual Studio Team, announced the update on his blog Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta. You’ll find the download links in his blog post.

The beta includes a “go live” license, which means you can use this release for your production code. If you are using ASP.NET MVC 3, wait for the release candidate that will come out on December 10.

Service Pack 1 Features

The update enhances the developer experience by addressing some of the most requested features like better help support, IntelliTrace support for 64-bit and SharePoint, and including Silverlight 4 Tools in the box.

Some of the additional highlights are:

  • Help Viewer
  • Win7-specific MFC APIs to support use of Direct2D, DirectWrite, and Windows Animation Technologies.
  • Unit Testing on .NET 3.5.
  • IntelliTrace F5 for 64 bit and SharePoint projects
  • Performance Wizard for Silverlight
  • VB Compiler runtime switch

For more information, see Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta.

The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit December Update Available for Download

Windows-Azure-logoThe Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
The December update provides new and updated hands-on labs, demo scripts, and presentations for the Windows Azure November 2010 enhancements and the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.3. These new hands-on labs demonstrate how to use new Windows Azure features such as Virtual Machine Role, Elevated Privileges, Full IIS, and more. This release also includes hands-on labs that were updated in late October and November 2010 to demonstrate some of the new Windows Azure AppFabric services that were announced at the Professional Developers Conference ( including the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service, Caching Service, and the Service Bus.
Some of the specific changes with the December update of the training kit include:

  • [Updated] All demos were updated to the Azure SDK 1.3
  • New demo script] Deploying and Managing SQL Azure Databases with Visual Studio 2010 Data-tier Applications
  • [New presentation] Identity and Access Control in the Cloud
  • [New presentation] Introduction to SQL Azure Reporting
  • [New presentation] Advanced SQL Azure
  • [New presentation] Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket
  • New presentation] Managing, Debugging, and Monitoring Windows Azure
  • [New presentation] Building Low Latency Web Applications
  • [New presentation] Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus
  • [New presentation] Windows Azure Connect
  • [New presentation] Moving Applications to the Cloud with VM Role

Please visit the Download Page for more information

Native Extensions for Microsoft Silverlight

What is NESL ?

A set of libraries for Silverlight developers that allow them to access some really cool features of Windows 7 from their Silverlight applications.

  • Take advantage of sensors like accelerometers, light sensors, compasses, GPS etc.
  • Access content from connected portable devices like music players and digital cameras.
  • Capture and create video from webcams and screen output
  • Use speech recognition and text to speech capabilities.
  • Integrate with the Windows 7 taskbar (Jump Lists, Icon Overlays, Taskbar Progress etc.)
  • And more…

What is in NESL ?

  • A set of native runtime libraries and a paired set of Silverlight libraries
  • Developer Guide(coming soon!!) and API documentation

  • Video Travel Journal – Concept video recording application that illustrates video and screen capture, portable device access, Windows 7 taskbar integration, Bing Maps integration and Facebook upload.


  • Where’s Teddy ? – An animated children’s story book that illustrates speech recognition, text to speech, sensors (accelerometer and light sensor)


  • Source Code – All Silverlight libraries and sample applications are supplied with source code.

Where can you find it ?

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