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I think back to the days of the first versions of Visual Studio (when it was called Visual Studio .NET, remember?) and I think about how far Microsoft has come with this IDE. It really is the best IDE on the market. There is so much to this IDE it is amazing. It now can really handle managing your complete software application development lifecycle. For me, it is (besides Windows 7) the best and most successful product Microsoft has developed.

You can obviously get this now and it is available on MSDN and some other places:

You will also find great info at the Visual Studio Developer Center.

Some other interesting tidbits of info:

In installing this version of Visual Studio, if you have been working on the previous RC builds, then you are going to want to uninstall these previous editions of the 2010 product. You can do this through the Add Remove Programs dialog and you are going to want to select the appropriate item from the long list of Visual Studio items.


You are then going to want to step through the Visual Studio dialog (it will seem as if you are installing it again) – and you will then come to a point where you can select the option to Uninstall the entire application.

If you have installed the Silverlight 4 RC stuff, then you are also going to want to uninstall this and you are also going to want to uninstall the “Update for Visual Studio 2010 (KB976272)” before installing Silverlight RC2 – which you can find on

Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 1:24 AM | Back to top

Comments on this post: Visual Studio 2010 Is Here!

# re: Visual Studio 2010 Is Here!
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I hope they fixed many of these bugs and performance issues of VS 2008, TFS and MSTest. In our project it is a nightmare, almost unusable. We have more then forty projects in a solution and more then 3500 unit tests, nothing special I assume. We have to compile and run tests using scripts as a workaround, because of speed and memory problems. TFS is very slow and kind of rudimentary. VS crashes usually several times in a day. Waiting for VS (when editing, checking out etc.) sums up to more then one hour per day per developer, depending on what he is working on. With other words: we all wish to get more stability and maturity and would sacrifice a whole lot of features to get this. IMHO, the quality of VS 2008 is just not good enough. I really hope this is better with VS 2010.
Left by Stefan Steinegger on Apr 16, 2010 12:09 PM

# re: Visual Studio 2010 - Do we need to uninstall VS2008 first?
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Hello. Do we need to first uninstall VS2008 and/or SQL Server Express or Developer Ed (whichever was installed) .. or is the 2010 a completely separate install where VS2008 can be uninstalled at any time AFTER being comfortable with VS2010?
Left by Paulie D on Apr 22, 2010 5:42 AM

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You can run the two VS editions side by side.
Left by Bill Evjen on Apr 26, 2010 12:29 AM

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