A few days ago we released the ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta. This is a significant release that brings with it a bunch of great new features and capabilities.
The ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta release works with VS 2010 and .NET 4.0, and is side-by-side compatible with prior releases of ASP.NET MVC (meaning you can safely install it and not worry about it impacting your existing apps built with earlier releases). It supports a “go-live” license that allows you to build and deploy production apps with it. Click here to download and install it today.
The ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta will also be built-into the upcoming VS11 / .NET 4.5 beta that is coming out shortly. This week’s beta doesn’t work with the previous VS11 developer preview that shipped last September – if you are using the VS11 Developer Preview (or have it installed) you’ll want to wait until the VS 11 beta is released before trying out the new ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta functionality.
The ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta includes a bunch of great new features and capabilities. Some of the highlights include:
I’ll be blogging a lot more about the above features in the weeks and months ahead. This is going to be an exciting release. There is a lot there that will both make you more productive (Bundling/Minification, Database Migrations, Razor V2) as well as enable you to build even richer web applications and experiences (Web API, Mobile Web, WebSockets).
I gave a tech-talk about the new ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta at the Belgium and Dutch TechReady events last week. It provides a good overview that you can use to quickly come up to speed on the release.
You can watch or download a video of the talk for free via Channel9:
You can also download my slides (feel free to re-use them however you want).
I’m really excited about the upcoming ASP.NET releases we have coming out this year. ASP.NET 4.5 and ASP.NET MVC 4 are going to deliver a ton of new capabilities and enhancements, and the tooling updates we have coming with VS 11 and WebMatrix make the developer experience awesome.
I’ll be blogging a lot more about them in the weeks and months ahead.
Hope this helps,
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