Monday, April 12, 2010

Microsoft Launches Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4

This morning, Microsoft announced the availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4.

Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc also ran a blog post, reminding developers of a brand-new website launched last month 'Develop for Windows'.

With Twitter under fire all weekend for 'buying' Mac-based Tweetie and making it their first Official twitter app and scaring the heck out of an entire development community ..... and Apple announcing that developers could only use a specific Apple-approved platform to develop apps for the iPad, it's not a stretch to imagine that LeBlanc's reminder about Develop for Windows was timed accordingly?

Microsoft also announced the availability of the Silverlight 4 later this week, their latest version of the rich media platform that competes with Adobe Flash.  Silverlight development continues regardless of the fact that Microsoft has also announced that HTML5 will be supported in the next version of Internet Explorer, IE9.

Silverlight 4 will be introduced in a live webcast by Scott Guthrie from Las Vegas in a live (or on-demand) webcast which will be available here.

More information about .Net can be found here.

Trial Versions of Visual Studio 2010 and now available here.

Has Adobe been totally left out in the cold by both Apple and Microsoft?  Well, maybe Flash (for now) ... but other new Adobe releases are garnering rave reviews.