Visual Studio 2010 RC is now available

8th Feb, 2010  Microsoft released release candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2010. The VS 2010 RC will be available to download for general public on 10th Feb 2010. Earlier we saw some glimpse of Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 as well as some Intellisense improvement. So if you are like me who installed beta 2 of VS2010 and downloaded RC, you might need to read this post.

Note that there is no direct support of Beta 2 to RC upgrade. You need to uninstall the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 as well as .NET Beta 2 and then install VS2010 RC. The snapshots below might help you identify the items to uninstall.

Uninstalling VS 2010 Beta 2 Uninstall dotnet4 beta2

We already saw plenty of features that were introduced in Beta 2. As per Microsoft in RC there are major performance improvements in Visual Studio 2010. Also note that the RC includes a go-live license for people who want to deploy in their production environment. If you haven’t tried VS2010 yet, I would recommend you to download Visual Studio 2010 RC and you will love it. You can run Visual Studio 2010 RC along with Visual Studio 2008 SP1. The RTM is expected in April 2010.

If you are facing any bandwidth issue and you are in Karachi – Pakistan, feel free to contact me and I will try to burn a DVD for you or copy ISO file (around 2.4 GB) on your USB.

Till the RTM, Happy exploring Visual Studio 2010 RC.