Best Week EVER for .NETters

Posted by: Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is the Software Development Manager, and has been with the company for four years. His background spans nearly 10 years in development, and he has held various IT positions in software maintenance, software development and systems analysis.

VS2010Beta2Big news for the .NET community this week with the release of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4.0 Beta 2.  Some of my favorite bloggers, Scott Guthrie and Scott Hanselman posted some of their thoughts on the cool new features and enhancements that will now be available to .NET developers.  One thing that really caught my eye was the new simplified product lineup .  Microsoft has reduced the number of Visual Studio SKU’s from nine to four.  Below are the highlights of the different SKU’s from Scott Guthrie’s post.

Visual Studio Express: Free Express SKUs for Web, VB, C#, and C++

Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN: Professional development tools that you’re already used to using with the addition of source control integration, bug tracking, build automation, and more. It also includes 50 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.

Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN: Premium has everything in Professional plus advanced development tools (including richer profiling and debugging, code coverage, code analysis and testing prioritization), advanced database support, UI testing, and more.  Rather than buying multiple “Team” SKUs like you would with VS 2008, you can now get this combination of features in one box with VS 2010. It also includes 100 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN: Ultimate has everything in Premium plus additional advanced features for developers, testers, and architects including features like Intellitrace (formerly Historical Debugging), the new architecture tools (UML, discovery), test lab management, etc.  It also includes 250 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.

While reducing the number of SKU’s is in itself very nice for sanity sake, it’s not what exactly caught my eye. The item that surprised me was the inclusion of Azure cloud computing time with the purchase of the Professional, Premium and Ultimate SKU’s. Wowzers! Microsoft is including 50, 100 and 250 hrs/month respectively.

So, I have a question for all of the .NET developers out there: What does this mean to you? Will you take advantage of this additional benefit and explore more Azure platform development? Post your thoughts.

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