Comparing Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 11 Beta Editions

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced that the Visual Studio 11 Beta would be available on February 29th.  I expect there to be a lot of information coming out over the next few weeks (and months) covering the various features in the updated tools.

If you are curious about what’s included in each of the Visual Studio 11 beta editions, then take a look at the Visual Studio 11 Features Chart provided by Microsoft:

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If you would like to compare the above features with Visual Studio 2010, then check out the Visual Studio 2010 Comparison chart:

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The following list summarizes most of the differences between the 2010 and Beta editions (it’s not a complete comparison).  Keep in mind that Visual Studio 11 is still in beta so the features could potentially move around a bit by the time the final version ships:

  • Debugging and Diagnostics
    • New in VS 11: IntelliTrace in Production
    • New in VS 11: Graphics Debugging
    • New in VS 11: Advanced Web Debugging
    • Modified: Static Code Analysis now available for Professional SKU
    • New in VS 11: Windows 8 Metro Style Simulator
    • Modified: Profiling now available for Professional SKU
    • New in VS 11: Windows Phone 7 Emulator (available as add-on in VS 2010)
  • Testing Tools
    • Modified: Manual Testing is now available for Premium SKU
    • New in VS 11: Exploratory Testing
    • Modified: Test Case Management is now available for Premium SKU
    • Modified: Fast Forward for Manual Testing is now available for Premium SKU
    • Modified: Lab Management is now available for Premium SKU
    • New in VS 11: Extensible Testing Framework
  • Integrated Development Environment
    • New in VS 11: Code Clone
    • New in VS 11: LightSwitch
    • New in VS 11: Model Resource Viewer
    • New in VS 11: Blend for Visual Studio
    • New in VS 11: Project & Solution Compatibility with Visual Studio 2010 SP1
  • Database Development
    • Not currently document for Visual Studio 11 Beta
  • Development Platform Support
    • New in VS 11: Windows Metro style Application (including ARM) Development
  • Architecture and Modeling
    • New in VS 11: Progressive Reveal & Standard Graphs
    • Modified: Read-Only Diagrams (UML, Layer, and DGML Graphs) is now available for Professional SKU
  • Lab Management
    • Modified: Virtual Environment Setup & Tear Down is now available for Premium SKU
    • Modified: Provision Environment for Template is now available for Premium SKU
    • Modified: Checkpoint Environment is now available for Premium SKU
  • Team Foundation Server
    • New in VS 11: Backlog Management
    • New in VS 11: Sprint Planning
    • New in VS 11: Agile Task boards
    • New in VS 11: Exception Analytics
    • New in VS 11: Project & Server integration
    • New in VS 11: System Center Integration
  • Collaboration
    • New in VS 11: PowerPoint Storyboarding
    • New in VS 11: Feedback Manager
    • New in VS 11: Code Review
    • New in VS 11: Task Suspend/Resume
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