Virtualization technology allows us geeks and tech enthusiasts to try out software without impacting our day to day computer system.  I, as well of many of you I am sure, used to ignore those warnings about not using un-released technology on on your production machines.  Come on you can admit it – I think all of us have done that at one point or another.

Well these days it is much easier to test out new software in a safe environment that lets us keep those daily systems safe.  It is now the norm for Microsoft to release beta and release candidates for use in virtual machines for that very purpose.

The latest editions to Microsoft’s virtual offerings is the release candidate of Visual Studio 2010.

This virtual machine is pre-configured with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010. It is designed to provide an easy way to evaluate and learn the Visual Studio 2010 family of technologies. A set of hands-on-labs / demo scripts are also available and provided a guided experience through many of the new application lifecycle management capabilities of Visual Studio 2010.

There are three offerings in this group: