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Microsoft kicked off a global launch for the latest major release of its flagship application development environment, Visual Studio 2010, with more than 150 developer-focused events around the world on April 12.

In addition to Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010), Microsoft announced the release of the .NET Framework 4 and said its Silverlight 4 rich Internet application development platform will release to Web (RTW) later in the week. Together these technologies enable developers steeped in the Microsoft way to create applications for a variety of platforms, including the desktop, the Web, the cloud and mobile devices, said Eddie Amos, general manager of developer platform and tools marketing at Microsoft, in an interview with eWEEK.

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