Over the weekend Microsoft has launched the latest iteration of their Visual Studio product, Visual Studio 2010. Silverlight 4.0 will also be released later this week to the web for download.
The combination brings further improved tools to developers, such as multi-monitor support and better debugging tools.
Windows Phone 7 developers specifically can however expect the ability to more easily create good-looking applications with the built-in integrated phone design surfaces.
Silverlight 4, of which elements exists in the current Windows Phone 7 build, delivers media and business application capabilities that enable developers to deliver application experiences on or off the Web. New features in Silverlight 4 include extended out-of-browser capabilities, enhancements for enterprise application developers, and more than 60 customizable pre-written controls to quickly build rich, interactive applications.
â€œWeâ€™re excited to celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2010 with developers around the world today,â€ said Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, in a statement. â€œCustomer and partner feedback was instrumental in shaping this release. 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.â€
Eddie Amos, general manager of developer platform and tools marketing at Microsoft told eWEEK a key theme for VS2010 was simplicity. "We wanted to be able to allow developers to keep it simple, but dream big," he said, noting that the Microsoft tools story has been consistent for many years. That consistency enables the company to deliver tools and development platforms for developers that allow developers to use what they are familiar with to create applications that can run across a variety of environments — from the cloud to mobile devices.
"A lot of the same components are in place, so developers can leverage the skills they have to build web applications and other types of applications from within Visual Studio," Amos said. "We can enable them to optimize their code for the different platforms."
Microsoft is kicking off a global launch of its flagship application development environment, with more than 150 developer-focused events around the world today.
Read more at eWeek here.