Microsoft is ready with the final versions of its Visual Studio 2010 developer tools software and Silverlight 4, as well as version 4 of the .Net Framework.
The company is announcing the launch of the three products on Monday at a Visual Studio developer conference in Las Vegas. Visual Studio 2010 and the updated .Net Framework are now broadly available, Microsoft said, while Silverlight 4 will be made available for download later this week.
"We're excited to celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2010 with developers around the world today," Server and Tools unit President Bob Muglia said in a statement. "The functionality of Visual Studio 2010, .Net Framework 4, and Silverlight 4 creates a powerful and unique combination, opening up new opportunities for developers to build applications that take advantage of new and existing devices, as well as emerging platforms like cloud services."
The new version of Visual Studio includes afor tracking how a program behaves, a feature now called IntelliTrace. Visual Studio 2010 also includes support for Windows 7 and Windows Azure, as well as tools for building on top of Microsoft's Sharepoint product.
Microsoft hadto release Visual Studio 2010 on March 22, but by a few weeks to resolve some performance issues.
As for the Silverlight update, it adds improved out-of-the-browser capabilities, among other enhancements. Despite some glitches--and a notable, Microsoft's Flash rival has , including its as well as Microsoft's decision to make it one of the main .
Microsofton Silverlight 4 last September and and released a beta version at last November's Professional Developer Conference. A near-final "release candidate" for Silverlight 4 was last month.