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Microsoft has a long history of catering to developers, going back to the origins of the company when Bill Gates noted that winning the hearts and minds of developers would be essential for Microsoft’s success. As evidenced by the focus on application development at the recent Microsoft TechEd North America 2009 conference and the overwhelming response to the company’s May 18 release of Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0, Microsoft remains close to the pulse of the developer community.

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