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Visual Studio "Orcas" alpha

The first CTP of Visual Studio "Orcas" is available for download. The good news: it's available as a virtual machine!

Partial Linq support is in there, but nothing close to what we get with the May CTP of Linq.
Here are some of the included features:
  • LINQ to Objects API (in the new System.Core assembly)
  • Partial C# 3.0 support (local variable type interface, lambda expressions, object initializers)
  • Partial C# 3.0 IDE support
  • Partial VB 9.0 support (local variable type inference, Option Infer switch)
  • Device development improvements
  • NET Framework improvements such as:
    • New managed add-in model enables developers to add a version-resilient extensibility model to their products.
    • Support for time zone conversion, enumeration and serialization, including cases where Daylight Saving Time rules change over time.
    • Reflection in Partial Trust, enabling sand box scenarios for all applications that depend on these features.
    • The ability to control the garbage collector’s latency mode.
    • Improved CLR ThreadPool micro-performance and throughput for worker and IO completion. 

All the details are provided on the download page.

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