Today, I am in New York at the launch of Visual Studio 2013 speaking with a local audience and broadcasting around the world.  In many ways it’s a celebration of the blood, sweat and tears we put into VS 2013.  At the same time, it’s a bit anti-climactic because VS 2013 has been in preview for months and released for weeks.  For me, there’s nothing really new to say about it because hundreds of thousands of people have it and are using it daily.  So the fun part is talking about all of the stuff that we’ve been working on that isn’t part of VS 2013 – and there’s a ton of it.

The Cloud

First, we all know the cloud never sleeps.  It doesn’t follow a shrink wrapped product cadence.  It marches on relentlessly.  Today we are announcing Visual Studio Online (an evolution of what was Team Foundation Service).  I’ve written a fairly extensive news post on it that I won’t repeat here but there’s a lot to know about it.  For one thing we unveiled and enabled the commercial terms for the service – paid accounts.  We added cloud build and cloud load testing to the “released” features of the service and released previews for 2 new services: Application Insights for understanding the reliability, performance and usage of your apps and “Monaco”, a light weight browser based editing environment that’s a great compliment to Azure.  Check out the news post to learn more.

And wait Johnny, that’s not all…

Release Management

We released the first official Microsoft release of Release Management for Visual Studio (formerly InRelease).  The new release management capabilities allow you to easily manage software releases in a way that is rapid, reliable and repeatable.  You can get a free trial or you can download the licensed software as part of your MSDN subscription from the MSDN portal.  This release works with TFS 2010, 2012 and 2013 so trying it is a “no brainer”.

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It’s an exciting day and there are a bunch more on the way.  As I’ve been saying for the past several sprints now, we’ve already got a lot of post VS/TFS 2013 under way.  The new cloud services and capabilities we released today were certainly big chunks of it but we’ll have even more in the coming sprints and some pretty exciting stuff after the new year.

Visual Studio 2012.4

Today, we are releasing Visual Studio 2012 Update 4.  We continue the trend of gradually tapering off how much goes into each update – particularly now that VS 2013 is available and this update contains some customer driven bugs fixes and fixes for a few compat issues.

You can download the update here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=301713

Or you can just download it when Visual Studio notifies you that an update is available.

Hold on tight, it’s a wild ride,

Brian