When Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 in October, company officials said it was looking likely that the product would ship on or around March 22, 2010. But due to some feedback from testers around virtual memory performance, Microsoft is delaying the launch by "a few weeks."
Senior Vice President of Microsoft's Developer Division, Soma Somasegar, delivered news of the delay via a blog post on December 17. Somasegar said the beta period for Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 will be extended, and Microsoft will deliver a Release Candidate (RC) in February 2010. Somasegar blogged:
"Based on what we’ve heard, we clearly needed to do more work. Over the last couple of months, our engineering team has been doing a push to improve performance. We have made significant progress in this space since Beta 2."
Earlier this year, a number of company watchers, partners and developers were expecting Microsoft to deliver the final version of Visual Studio 2010 before the end of 2009. Microsoft officials said this past fall that the company was planning to launch the final version of its tool suite and accompanying .Net Framework in 2010.
Microsoft is positioning Visual Studio 2010 as its tool platform to support Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Azure, SQL Server, Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. The suite is slated to feature new drag and drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation; interoperability with the ASP.Net model view controller (MVC), better multicore support and UML support, among other new features. Microsoft unveiled in October the four planned Visual Studio 2010 versions and their pricing.