BlackBerry Web Plugin version 2.0 Beta 1 has been released for both Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio.

The BIG news for this release is the new support for building BlackBerry® Widget projects.  These tools will allow you to create BlackBerry Widgets in a much more automated manner compared to calling the BlackBerry Widget SDK via the command line. We have also added a getting started page that will appear when you start using the tooling that will connect you with the right online resources, forums and content to speed your widget development.

To make a long story short BlackBerry development should become much easier as the new Web Plugins make easier to create, debug and package up browser-based content and BlackBerry Widgets for the BlackBerry smartphone.

Download BlackBerry Web Plug-Ins For Eclipse and Visual Studio

[Via BlackBerry Developers Blog]