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Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (Visual Studio SP1) along with some new Feature Packs for .NET developers.

In a March 7 blog post, S. “Soma” Somasegar, senior vice president of Microsoft’s developer division, said starting on March 8, Microsoft Developer network (MSDN) subscribers will be able to download and install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 from their subscriber downloads. Non-MSDN subscribers can get the update starting on March 10.

In a separate March 8 blog post, Jason Zander, corporate vice president for the Visual Studio team at Microsoft, said in this release Microsoft addressed some of the most requested features from customers of Visual Studio 2010 such as better help support, IntelliTrace support for 64 bit and SharePoint, and included Silverlight 4 Tools in the box. The company also added unit testing support on .NET 3.5 and a new performance wizard for Silverlight, among other changes, he said.

Microsoft also announced new feature packs. In a blog post from June 2010, Brian Harry, a Microsoft technical fellow and product unit manager for Microsoft’s Team Foundation server, defined the concept of feature packs, basically saying they are “carefully chosen features that provide real value,” among other features.

On March 8, Microsoft announced the availability of the Team Foundation Server Project Server Integration Feature Pack. This feature pack provides Integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server and enables teams to work more effectively together using Visual Studio, Project, and SharePoint and coordinates development between teams using disparate methodologies, such as waterfall and agile, via common data and metrics, Somasegar said.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Microsoft Ships Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1.