THE FUTURE IS NOW!
For those of you keeping tabs, Microsoft recently released a slue of information regarding the next versions of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.
Some of the highlights...
- The official release date for Visual Studio 2010 is March 22, 2010. This and some other announcements can be heard on the latest Radio TFS podcasts.
- Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 was released on Monday (Oct. 19th) to MSDN Subscribers. The aforementioned podcast also hinted that a Virtual PC image with VS 2010 Beta 2 made be released shortly. If not, Brian Keller has posted another video on how to download and install the Beta 2 software. Between this and information from my previous post, you should be able to set up a Virtual PC image with the correct bits.
- Expect to see a lot of new webcasts on Visual Studio 2010 at Channel 9 in the coming days/weeks.
- Microsoft also announced that they are revamping their licensing structure to correspond with the new version. Brian Harry discusses this in more detail on his blog.
Lots of exciting news out of Microsoft. I was kind of hoping that they'd release this yet in 2009, but I'm glad they're taking the extra time to work out the bugs rather than rush the product to production too early.
For those of you keeping track, Microsoft released the new Visual Studio 2010 beta 1 release last week. I was a little disappointed - though not surprised - that, unlike with their September CTP, Microsoft did not provide a Virtual PC image for the Beta 1 release.
Like some of you out there, I prefer to show a little restraint when it comes to installing beta software on my personal machine. I prefer not to hose my computer intentionally, nor incur the wrath of my better half by denying her access to her e-mail and internet.
Fortunately, the people at Channel 9 care about marital bliss, and have therefore posted a step-by-step video guide explaining how to set up your ownVirtual PC - at no cost! The video shows you how to install Visual Studio Team Suite 2010 beta 1, TFS 2010 beta 1, and SQL Server 2008 running on Windows Server 2008. You don't need an MSDN subscription to get this software, which means that some of it is going to be trial-based. But, it's a great way to give the beta a test-run without risking detriment to your own PC.
My install was very straightforward, with the help of the video . It took me about 3 hours from start to finish, mostly waiting for installation progress bars to fill up. Performance will vary based on your internet connection (when downloading the various software), and how much CPU and memory you are able to allocate to the Virtual PC. Oh, and the finished .VHD file will likely weigh in at a hefty 15 GB, so make sure to account for that ahead of time.