Microsoft is offering for download not only the Beta for the first upgrade to Visual Studio 2010, but also a testing Build of the developer resources designed to extend VS2010.

In tandem with the release of Visual Studio 2010 which went live last week, the software giant also provided the first Beta development milestone for the VS2010 software development kit.

Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) SDK Beta is live on the Microsoft Download Center, where devs can grab it free of charge and start testing it immediately.

“The Visual Studio 2010 SP1 SDK Beta includes project templates that help developers create tool windows, menu commands, isolated shell projects, and editor extensions. The editor extensions include text adornments, colorizers, and margins,” Microsoft revealed. More »

In the first half of April 2010, I was telling you that Microsoft was gearing up to tailor the software development kit for Windows 7 in accordance with the release of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. Well, version 7.1 of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 is now available for download. Via the Microsoft Download Center, the Redmond-based company is offering two versions of the SDK, in either ISO or Web Setup format. Developers can, of course, grab the release immediately, and start taking advantage of the enhancements introduced since the previous version, which was delivered along with Windows 7 in 2009.

According to the software giant, the latest release of the SDK will enable developers to install it and build applications for the following operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XPSP3, and Windows Server 2003 R2. But just because the release is labeled Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 7.1, it does not mean that devs are limited to .NET 4. More »

Microsoft is currently cooking a refresh to the Windows 7 RTM DirectX resources that it is offerings to developers. In this regard, Chuck Walbourn, lead developer for the DirectX SDK, revealed that a new version of the software development kit was planned for mid-2010. Specifically, the software giant intends to ship the next release of the DirectX SDK in the first half of June 2010. Walbourn emphasized that the upcoming version of the SDK was designed to deliver the first update to the Windows Graphics components since August 2009. At the same time, the refresh will help developers embrace the latest iteration of the company’s development platform and tools.

Developers looking to leverage the June 2010 release of the DirectX SDK, a release that they will be able to use in order to build on top of Windows 7 by taking advantage of DirectX 11, need to know that the refresh will play nice with Visual Studio 2010 RTM. In addition to delivering support for Visual Studio 2010, the June 2010 DirectX SDK will also play nice with Visual Studio 2008. But this is about it, as Microsoft will drop support for Visual Studio 2005 with the upcoming version of the SDK. Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 on April 12, 2010. The previous release of the DirectX Software Development Kit dates back to February 2010. More »