"Microsoft Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" is the next generation development tool for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and the Web."
Some of this version's highlights:
- Extended, more powerful data APIs with the ADO.NET Entity Framework and LINQ to ADO.NET
- C# 3.0 Language Support: This CTP implements all of the C#3.0 language features from the May LINQ CTP.
- LINQ to Objects API
- ClickOnce improvements
- Managed classes for Elliptic Curve Diffie Hellman and Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm cryptographic functionality
- Runtime and design-time support for Office 2007 (including Outlook 2007)
- Support for advanced lifetime management of add-ins and their AppDomains
- Client service support for Login/Logout, Role management and Profiles
- A trace listener that logs event to ETW, event tracing for Windows in Vista
- Jscript Intellisense support
- A new numeric type that provides support for very large numbers (Beyond the range of In64)
- LINQ over XML (XLinq)
- SQL Server Compact Edition (SSCE)