What's New in Solver Foundation 2.1

Solver Foundation 3.0

This topic describes some of the new features and capabilities in Microsoft Solver Foundation 2.1.

The Solver Foundation Excel add-in works in both Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010. You can use either version to create models in the Optimization Modeling Language (OML) and solve them in Excel. In addition, data binding in the Excel add-in is easier and faster.

If you created solutions with Solver Foundation in Visual Studio 2008, you can migrate these solutions to Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.

You can create models in OML and the Solver Foundation Services that optimize CPU time and memory use.

Starting in Microsoft Solver Foundation 2.1, you can use the data binding and solver events to track progress. You can use the DataBindingEventArgs object to find solver information during data binding, and the SolvingEventArgs object can be used to screen for a specific type of event, such as an improved incumbent solution.

To get started, see Developing with Solver Foundation Services (SFS).

In Microsoft Solver Foundation 2.1, sensitivity and feasibility reports are available. You can also create custom reports without parsing a string. In addition, you can add custom properties on solvers and include the values of those properties in results. To get started, see Developing with Solver Foundation Services (SFS).

Additional samples demonstrate the new data binding and solving events, and the new reporting capabilities. For more information, see Samples for Solver Foundation.