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IIS 7.5 Developer Tool Coming This Month

When the Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 beta was released in early December, outside of a handful of promoted features, it was hard to tell which bugs and issues had actually been addressed. That didn't go over so well.

In case you missed it, Jason Zander, who heads the Visual Studio team, has listened to the negative feedback and provided a partial list of what has been fixed or changed in SP1.

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 also added support for IIS Express, the upcoming IIS 7.5 developer tool that Microsoft describes as a combination of features found in the ASP.NET Development Server (Cassini) in Visual Studio and full blown IIS Web Server.

IIS Express, which is in beta, is expected to ship this month. It is a 5MB download via Web PI and doesn't require administrator privileges for dev/testing purposes, code changes or site registration. It is based on the same usage model as ASP.NET Development Server and will become the default ASP.NET Web Server in Visual Studio going forward, according to Microsoft Corporate VP Scott Guthrie, who introduced the technology in his blog in June 2010 and provided an update in early January. In addition to Visual Studio 2010 SP1, IIS Express can be used with Visual Studio 2008 (launched from the command line and manually configured), Visual Web Developer 2010 Express and Windows XP and higher. According to Microsoft, it supports all versions of ASP.NET. It does not work with Azure development tools.

Did Microsoft address your issues in the Visual Studio 2010 SP1 beta? Express your thoughts below or drop me a line at krichards@1105media.com.

Posted by Kathleen Richards on 01/11/2011 at 12:54 PM

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