This morning Visual 2010 was officially launched at the DevConnections conference. You can find all the files available for download here. The free Express editions and new versions for the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit are available too. Check out Scott Hanselman’s blog for extensive details about the new features and download info.
A side note for Windows Phone developers
The following info can be found on the Visual Studio Express site: “If you have downloaded and installed Visual Studio 2010 Express, Professional, Premium or Ultimate and want to develop for Windows Phone, this current CTP release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools is not compatible. We are working hard to refresh the Windows Phone Developer Tools to be compatible with the release versions of Visual Studio 2010 and will have an update soon.” This was was also confirmed on Channel 9 after the keynote today; so basically the VS2010 RTM and WP7 CTP are not compatible yet.
Today Microsoft also unveiled its “Project Pink”; the new social phone “KIN“ will be available through Verizon as KIN ONE and KIN TWO. The UX of KIN is pretty interesting; the phone’s main features revolve around the KIN SPOT, KIN LOOP, the camera and KIN STUDIO. The live webcast was short, but outlined the phone features with some catchy phrases. Here are a few of my notes:
KIN is for the social generation, who care extensively about self-expression and deeply love to share their life journey. Simply call this life-casting, which requires them to lead a multi-screen life. They are passionate about technology and have high demands from it. While the Windows Phone is designed to simplify the user’s life, the KIN is a phone to amplify the life of the social generation.
Interestingly, today is also the launch date of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5. There is a lot to catch up this week for all developers and designers out there; no matter what tools they use!