Microsoft announced the upcoming release of its Visual Studio development suite this morning. Previously code-named Hawaii or otherwise referred to as VS 10, the next version of Microsoft's developer tools and platform has received its official name as Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0
Besides some fancy marketing talk, there are some relevant details on what the upcoming suite has defined as its five areas of focus: riding the next-generation platform wave, inspiring developer delight, powering breakthrough departmental applications, enabling emerging trends such as cloud computing, and democratizing application life-cycle management.
An additional interesting feature has been detailed by CNET. Meant to act as an airplane's black box, a new tool will let developers recreate bugs usually found by end users that are difficult to reproduce. Internally Microsoft calls this feature "TiVo for debuggers"
as it will record the bug as it occurs from both a front end and back end approach. Visual Studio 2010 is slated to ship in the first half of 2010.