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Today Visual Studio 2010 SP1 comes out as general availability release. This made me wondering about the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2012:

What are Microsoft's plans for Visual Studio 2012? I heard they'll come with a new version every two years. Are there any open fora or discussions? When will a preview be publicly available? But most importantly: what are the new highlights, improvements in .NET and C#/F#/VB (and C++ of course, request from Stijn)?

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please also ask about improvements for C++ –  stijn Mar 10 '11 at 13:28
    
@stijn: done, ;) –  Abel Mar 10 '11 at 13:35
    
Is Visual Studio 2012 slated to be the next version? Will it be a different year? 2013? –  Bob Mar 10 '11 at 14:05
    
@Bob: Microsoft announced in a conference that it will bring out a new version every second year, and minor improvements every 6 months. Whether they stick to it, I don't know. –  Abel Mar 10 '11 at 14:20

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There hasn't been anything in the regard of official talks about it that isn't covered by NDA, I think you'll see more of that coming soon.

One think that is public knowledge is the C#/VB.NET Async functionality, which you can currently get as a CTP for Visual Studio 2010. I suspect that will become part of the vNext languages. You can download it here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/gg316360

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Do you happen to have a link about C# Async? Is that different from the current PLINQ available since .NET 4? –  Abel Mar 10 '11 at 13:44
    
@Abel: yes, it is different PLINQ and the TPL is part of the framework, whereas the async CTP is building some asynchronous features and keywords into the language itself. –  vcsjones Mar 10 '11 at 14:37
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blogs.msdn.com/b/ericlippert Eric Lippert blogged about async I think. –  rmx Mar 10 '11 at 14:59

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