Like me, if you work on .NET platform and Visual Studio, you must be excited about the recent announcements of “Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview” or “Dev 11” at BUILD conference on September, 14, 2011. The next version of Visual Studio and .NET framework contains many new features and enhancements, making job of .NET developer easy.

Over the next few weeks, I am going to write series of posts on some of the new features and enhancements in Visual Studio IDE, C# and .NET Framework 4.5.

Getting Started:

To begin with, you can download Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview:

  • For MSDN Subscribers – link
  • For Everyone else – link
  • For ASP.NET Developers, download ASP.NET MVC 4 Preview for VS 2010 or VS 11 – link

If you have missed BUILD conference online, following are some of the overview talks related to Dev Tools:

Keynote # 2

Whats New in Visual Studio 11

Future Directions for C# and Visual BasicWhat's new in .NET Framework 4.5


I have installed Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview on my home machine side by side with Visual Studio 2010 on Windows 7. It seems to be working fine and installation was successful. I am not sure about proper uninstallation when I will go for beta later 😉

I downloaded the .ISO file as MSDN subscriber. Following are the snapshots for Setup.

Step 1Step 2Step 3

Step 4Step 5Step 6

For ASP.NET MVC 4 Preview, as mentioned, you need to download it separately either via Web Platform Installer for Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Studio 11 Dev Preview or directly from installer. I did it using Web Platform Installer for Visual Studio 11. Following are the snapshots for setting up ASP.NET MVC 4 Preview:

ASP.NET MVC 4 Installer (Visual Studio 11)ASP.NET MVC 4 Installer (Visual Studio 11) - prerequisites

ASP.NET MVC 4 Installer (Visual Studio 11) - InstallASP.NET MVC 4 Installer (Visual Studio 11) - Finish

Concluding Thoughts 

I am all done with setting up Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and ASP.NET MVC 4 Preview. I am excited to see the implementation of some of the important community feedbacks we have provided to Visual Studio team over the time. So go ahead and download the bits if you have not done it yet. Coming up next is IDE Enhancements in Visual Studio 11, stay tuned!

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