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.
LightSwitch, the newest member of our Visual Studio product family, is a development tool that enables developers of all skill levels to build line of business applications for the desktop, web, and cloud quickly and easily. LightSwitch applications can be up and running in minutes with templates and intuitive tools that reduce the complexity building data-driven applications, including tools for UI design and publishing to the desktop or to the cloud with Windows Azure. LightSwitch enables you to focus on your business needs rather than details when building your application.
I encourage you to try LightSwitch 2011 and see how it can help you build applications. for details on how to use LightSwitch to build data-driven applications, check out Jason Zander’s blog.