Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 ( SP1 ) 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 4:03 PM

Microsoft released the service pack 1 for Visual Studio 2010 today. It certainly is feature packed. The most important features seem to be:

  • An updated .NET Framework 4
  • Windows Phone 7 development tools included
  • Support for IIS Express 7.5
  • Support for SQL CE 4.0 (although with a separate install)
  • Support for Silverlight 4 development
  • A whole lot of bug fixes to Visual Studio IDE and TFS

Installing the service pack does take a long time, so prepare yourself accordingly. It took about an hour on my Quad Core machine with no other process running. The installation of VS10sp1-KB983509 takes the maximum time.

Support for SQL CE 4.0 is provided by means of a separate download. This can be acquired using the Web Platform Installer. Search for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Tools for SQL Server Compact 4.0. The Web Platform Installer does not state that this is a CTP release, but it certainly is (check screenshots below), so use at own risk.

The installation experience is streamlined with no surprises and certainly worth the time.

 

 

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