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Next week we’re launching Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4. This is a big step for us. Developers have told us they’d like to use their existing knowledge to build applications for current and emerging environments. We’ve delivered. In the new versions of Visual Studio, .NET, and Silverlight we’ve packed hundreds of new features and benefits that improve the development lifecycle from design to deployment. With these new tools, developers can get to where they want to be without getting bogged down in the process. They’ll be able to easily create compelling user experiences both on and off the Web. Over the past year the team has shared details about the specific benefits being released in Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4. And we have received a great deal of crucial feedback from our customers and the development community to ensure we are delivering the best products possible. I am very much looking forward to hearing from customers on how we’ve done in the final releases of these products.Releasing the next wave of Microsoft developer products is a process that requires time and a lot of decisions. I have seen everyone on the Microsoft’s Visual Studio, .NET Framework and Silverlight teams put in a lot of hard work. It was all done with one key goal: Enabling developers to focus on quality and creativity by delivering a platform that makes it easy for them to use their existing knowledge to build apps for current and emerging environments.
While developers get to participate in the development process of our products via the betas and MSDN, they don’t get to see what really happens “behind the scenes” at Microsoft. I do, and I want to share a few stories with you. I invite everyone to take a moment to listen to a few stories from the Microsoft engineers and execs who led our development efforts as they discuss some of the challenges they faced and even share a few funny stories about the process. Haven’t you always wondered how we decide what features make the cut in the next version?Finally, please join me at the launch of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4, around the world or online at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/developer/ to celebrate all our engineers’ hard work to hand the products over to you, our customers, and prepare for the amazing experiences you are going to build.My bags are packed for the Las Vegas launch, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there!