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Microsoft PDC attendees get 'the goods'

Microsoft provided attendees of its Professional Developer Conference this week with a 160 GB drive full of bits and resources. The Windows 7 M3 pre-beta build and Windows Server 2008 R2 M3 pre-beta are on the drives. What else is on there?

Microsoft provided attendees of its Professional Developer Conference this week with a 160 GB drive full of bits and resources. The Windows 7 M3 pre-beta build and Windows Server 2008 R2 M3 pre-beta are on the drives.

(The Windows 7 build attendees got is the September build 6801 that leaked out a month ago. The new taskbar and quite a bit of the other eye candy Microsoft showed off during the October 28 PDC keynote aren't part of the pre-beta build.)

What else is on those PDC drives? The UXEvangelist blog provides the full list of the PDC goods. A few of the goodies:

  • Live Framework Software Development Kit
  • Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4.0 test builds
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 Express Edition
  • Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and the Windows Azure SDK

Speaking of .Net 4.0, the next version of Microsoft's .Net Framework, there are a number of new features and enhancements that Microsoft is showing off in the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of .Net 4.0. Among them:

  • Silverlight features: Deep Zoom support, Visual State Manager, new text rendering enhancements and more Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) support
  • The ability to load Common Language Runtime 2 and 4 in the same address space
  • Managed and native code interoperability improvements
  • Dynamic Language Runtime libraries built into the core library framework
  • Support for the Microsoft Managed Extensions Framework