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on 30 September 2010
This arrived the very next day when I purchased it. There's a lot that has been included with this release including better support for multithreading and the Intellisense has been improved greatly. The whole interface feels a lot more snappier now it's been redone using WPF. Each of the windows can be dragged off and resized, zoomed into etc. In the few days I have been using it though I did encounter a few irritating bugs which Microsoft haven't fixed yet. A lot of the time only partial menus appear despite the fact my screen is far larger than the menu. I also found when debugging a website and you leave it running while closing Visual Studio can upset it although this behavior is nothing new since it existed in 2008. Hopefully these bugs will be eliminated with the upcoming service packs.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 October 2011
... the one notable snag is that if you are developing Windows Mobile software, you'll be out of luck with VS2010. Redesigning Windows Phone 7 from scratch (by dumping Windows Mobile 6.5 altogether) was also reflected in the transition of VS2008 to VS2010, i.e., the development tool for Windows Mobile (in the form of SDK with VS2008) was deliberately ignored in VS2010 in favour of Windows Phone 7 development. Quite interesting to see if this was a wise move by Microsoft. If you're stuck with VS2008 (because you're developing Windows Mobile software) and still want VS2010, the two can co-exist happily side by side on the same machine (of course, subject to the usual computing resource requirements). Also the upgrade route works just fine, meaning you should opt for the cheaper Upgrade version rather than the more expensive full version (in fact, Microsoft Office, or design tools such as Expression Studio 4 Web, are as valid as V2008 to qualify for VS2010 Professional Upgrade).

As for using VS2010, it really provides a pleasant transition, say from VS2008, and equally provides a very welcoming environment to newcomers to VS2010. I know most improved features have been mentioned by other reviewers (such as the WPF re-design and nice look, .NET multi-targetting, process multi-threading, etc.) but one thing that stands out for me (and less to do with VS2010, surprise surprise) is the Help Library Manager (you can also come across via Windows SDK 7.1 installation) which allows you to download various help libraries (which you can choose) and access it locally (as well as update it from time to time). When Help is set to local, all the context help from within VS2010 invokes the local help library. Fast and neat, and you don't have to be online.

In short, same design environment as in VS2008 but much improved, more user friendly, and beautiful!
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VINE VOICEon 4 April 2010
Visual Studio has got a much needed upgrade. This release sees the entire user interface rewritten using WPF, providing a much more pleasant experience when working with code. All of the toolboxes and windows are fully detachable allowing for full multi-monitor support. In addition to a complete overhaul of the visual effects in the IDE, a whole lot of effort has gone into productivity, the new snippets in html and javascript are great time savers, it is a shame this feature has not made it to XAML yet, but Scott Guthrie has promised it is coming either in a service pack or in the next version.
Multi-targeting is still a key feature with this version being able to target versions 2,3,3.5 and 4 of the .net framework and both Silverlight versions 3 and 4. The Multi-targeting is improved over VS2008 in that intelisense is now driven from the version of the framework the application is targeted at rather than the version Visual Studio is built using. This in theory should allow VS2010 to support future versions of the framework.
As with previous versions a new solution file structure is used as well as a new project file format, so if you want to use VS2010 alongside VS 2008 you will need to keep different solution and project files.
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on 15 December 2012
Much better than VS 2005. Definitely worth upgrading.
License still a bit expensive though, but this is the best VS so far.
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on 23 November 2010
I have no problems with Visual Studio itself so far. It seems very good... BUT...
The Help is pathetic and MSDN which is a MAJOR part is virtually inaccessible. However....
When you have installed VS2010, on the Home page, click "extending visual studio 2010" then click "Visual Studio Gallery" and enter "H3Viewer" into the search box. Get this 'must have' program and install it. Then click the 'help' menu button then "Manage help settings" and set to 'offline' and download everything in MSDN which is about 4 GB and on my very slow broadband took about 18 hours (50-70KB/s). This gives you a massive searchable indexed Help file. When done there is an 'option' (MENU) in H3Viewer to make it the default help for VS where it throws a separate window allowing help and VS simultaneously. Why is VS so pathetic whilst the solution is on the website?
NEXT the Samples (example programs) don't work,... The feedback gives the fixes but you have to load them to fix them and unless you have a pre 2010 version you can't even load them.
Well I could carry on but I will conclude with, VS has been changed and its' support generally hasn't so its a mess. It is SORTABLE but for the price I think MICROSOFT could and should do a lot better, and quit playing monopoly. On the other hand its this or LINUX
luv Brine ;(
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on 16 July 2012
Everything was OK.
The product is coming in time as told.
No faults. I would by once again at this dealer.
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on 9 October 2010
I think this edition is very solid. I have been using it for a few weeks now and haven't come across anything bad with it. If you are serious about programming then Visual Studio is what you are looking for.
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