Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 available

Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1, a new tool for business application developers, is now available for download at

With LightSwitch, you can build custom applications that rival off-the-shelf solutions.  Pre-configured screen templates give your application a familiar look and feel. LightSwitch provides prewritten code and other reusable components to handle routine application tasks, along with helpful step-by-step guidance. You can deploy to the desktop, browser, or cloud (post-Beta) to easily share your application with others. 

Applications created with LightSwitch support exporting data to Microsoft Office Excel for fast and easy sharing and reporting. You can also attach your application to existing data sources, which makes it easy to collect, analyze, and reuse information from a variety of data sources including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Azure, SharePoint, Microsoft Office Access (post-Beta), and other third-party data sources.