Does anybody know when Microsoft will release (in their plans or in roadmaps) a 'service pack' for Visual Studio 2010?

I know it's too early to ask, but my client requires a stable release of VS 2010 + .Net 4.0 before going into development of his project.

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It is difficult to answer your question but one can at least predict the dates for SP1 release from past trends.

VS2005 Release Date: 27-Jan-2006
VS2005-SP1 Release Date: 14-Dec-2006 [Released after 11 months]

VS2008 Release Date: 19-Feb-2008
VS2008-SP1 Release Date: 11-Aug-2008 [Released after 6 months]

VS2010 Release Date: 29-Jun-2010
VS2010-SP1 Release Date: 10-Mar-2011 [Released after 9 months]


Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 is available today (8th March 2011)!

According to Sivaramakrishnan Somasegar, Microsoft's Senior Vice President of the Developer Division:

Visual Studio 2010 SP1

Visual Studio 2010 shipped about 11 months ago, and we continue to work on it and respond to customer feedback received through Visual Studio Connect. This feedback has guided our focus to improve several areas, including IntelliTrace, unit testing, and Silverlight profiling.

You can learn more about how we're improving Visual Studio 2010 on Jason Zander's blog later today. On March 8th, MSDN subscribers will be able to download and install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 from their subscriber downloads. If you're not an MSDN subscriber, you can get the update on Thursday, March 10th.


Visual Studio 2010 SP1 is now in beta:

Blog Announcing VS 2010 SP1 BETA


Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta is available for public download.

Here is the link.


Visual Studio 2010 SP1 RTM is available on the Microsoft download site as of this post. For more information try these links (US based):

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 RTM Readme

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 RTM Description

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 RTM Web based Installer

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 RTM ISO file (for offline distribution)


Stability issues usually have nothing to do with Visual Studio. On my home/office laptop, Visual Studio is rock solid. On my work desktop, it crashes maybe once or twice a week if I do not reboot every day.

Turns out my stability issues on my work desktop was due to a bad video adapter card. Once the card was replaced, Visual Studio no longer crashed.

Many of you forget that Visual Studio is a programming environment, which is subjected to your code, the code of your macros, and the code of your add-ins. I remember the days, where depending on what you were doing, such as walking the memory chain in DOS, you would have to reboot your computer after every crash. Visual Studio is extremely stable.

From Visual Studio 2010 Readme User code exceptions may affect designer and Visual Studio

Any user code that throws an exception at design-time can cause unhandled exceptions in the designer and may even cause Visual Studio to crash. To protect against this, prevent your code from executing at design time by wrapping it with DesignerProperties.GetIsInDesignMode checks. Common examples of methods that will be executed at design-time are the UserControl.Loaded event handler, binding converters, and WCF async event handlers.

Just to make a point.

From Another Prespective

Notice all crashes disappeared after switching out video card. See < http://superuser.com/questions/152524/wpf-visual-studio-2010-premium-frequent-crashes>.

Just to make the point again.


The Win Forms Designer is highly unstable for me. I am considering downgrading...


Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta1 has just been made available for download:


MSDN subscribers can download it now, everyone else can get it on Thursday (this gives the files time to replicate to all the download servers around the world).

Note that VS2010SP1B1 will break Razor Intellisense - a fix is being tested and will ship on Monday Dec 13th 2010.

This release also breaks the C#5 Async CTP - a fix is being investigated.


If you are talking about a service pack (SP1)...

On May 11th 2010, Brittany Behrens from Microsoft said that "No service pack timeline for Visual Studio 2010 has been announced."

She reiterated on September 2 2010.

Hope we get it before christmas!