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Last week at TechEd Middle East in Dubai, I announced that LightSwitch beta 2 would be available in the coming weeks.  

I’m happy to report that today, we have made LightSwitch beta 2 available to MSDN subscribers.  if you’re not an MSDN subscriber, the download will be publicly available on Thursday, March 17 here.

I’ve talked about LightSwitch in the past as the latest addition to our Visual Studio product family.  

LightSwitch enables professional and non-professional developers alike to build high-quality line-of-business applications.  Beta 2 introduces new functionality for deploying business applications to the cloud with a Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Hosting option and a built-in Publish to Azure feature.  Also new in beta 2 are extensibility features such as themes, screen templates, shells, and new data sources, business types and controls. And, of course, since beta 1 we’ve also factored in some of the feedback you submitted through Microsoft Connect.   

I encourage you to download LightSwitch beta 2 and try it out.

For more about using LightSwitch beta 2, also check out Jason Zander’s blog.

Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 available today!