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***UPDATE Nov-28 2012*** Update 1 has now released and the final CTP is no longer available. See this post for more info: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2012/11/26/visual-studio-2012-update-1-is-available.aspx
Today we released the final CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. You can visit the download page here. You can also learn more about the this CTP from Chuck’s post on the ALM blog.
This is the first time in a very long time we’ve tried this kind of release cadence for Visual Studio. It’s been a great journey and we’ve learned a lot about how to turn around a substantial update to Visual Studio update in about 3 months. Of course, we’ve already started working on the next update and I suspect we’ll get better at it with each one.
I suspect it’s been hard to track all of the improvements so I thought I’d summarize some of the major ones. It’s a large enough release that I can’t easily pull together a comprehensive list that would contain enough context for it to be useful for you. In addition to dozens of new features, we’ve fixed hundreds of bugs that we’ve found and you’ve reported.
In addition, we’ve got some significant updates coming in an update to Team Explorer Everywhere. I haven’t included them here because I wanted to focus this on the Visual Studio oriented products. I’ll do another post soon on the nice improvements coming to Team Explorer Everywhere too.
Remember that this CTP is just a preview and is not intended for production use. We will release it shortly, at which point you can use it in production.