Microsoft Releases Visual Studio .NET to MSDN

With the launch of Visual Studio .NET less than a month away, Microsoft has decided to give MSDN subscribers early access to the new development suite that is meant to serve as the building blocks for next-generation XML Web services. Visual Studio .NET will formally launch in three editions beginning February 13: Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Developer, and Professional. MSDN subscriptions start at $1,199 USD and offer developers access to the latest tools.

After over a year in beta Microsoft's .NET Framework SDK, which provides the guidelines for deploying .NET applications, is also now complete. The .NET Framework SDK includes "everything you need to write, build, test, and deploy .NET Framework applications—documentation, samples, and command-line tools and compilers." The 131 MB package is publicly available for download from Microsoft.

MSDN Universal, Enterprise, and Professional subscribers may download Visual Studio .NET now and get an early start for next month's official debut. The suite is also available for pre-order via Amazon.

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