S. Somasegar, Senior VP of the Microsoft Developer Division, broke the news yesterday that the first beta of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4 has been released:
Today, we are releasing Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4. If you are a MSDN subscriber, you can download the Beta today from here. For the rest of the world, the Beta will be publicly available on Wednesday.
Over the last many months I had blogged about a lot of new and interesting features that are in VS 2010 and .NET 4. You can see those features and many more in Beta 1. We have more work to do in terms of finishing up the feature work for some of the scenarios and getting to the right levels of quality and performance, but we have made enough progress that we wanted to start getting your feedback.
There is more on the new features in VS 2010 at the product page, but my nominee for the most important "sleeper" feature is the array of SharePoint development features which appeal to the burgeoning SharePoint developer market.