Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013.

Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new hybrid Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features, many of which were released today through Team Foundation Service, that help development teams be more productive, improve collaboration through agile development practices, ensure the creation of quality, high performing applications, and accelerate delivery times and resolving issues in production through the support of DevOps capabilities.

Available today, Microsoft also announced updates to its Team Foundation Service with the addition of Agile Portfolio Management, Team Room, Cloud Load Testing, Code Commenting, enhanced Web Test Case Management features and more.

Additionally as of today MSDN subscribers will have access to new benefits that will enable them to develop and test more easily on Windows Azure. This new benefit includes up to $150 worth of Windows Azure platform services per month at no additional cost for Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate MSDN subscribers, and use rights to run selected MSDN software in the cloud.

What are the MSDN Benefit changes? Starting June 1, 2013 MSDN subscribers now have the ability to run their MSDN software in Windows Azure VMs. This cloud use right applies to all software included in the MSDN subscription, except Windows client and Windows Server. Additionally, subscribers will be able to use their MSDN software with qualified MSDN cloud partners – more details will be available soon. Check out the Visual Studio and MSDN licensing white paper for more information on cloud use rights.

Be sure to visit S. Somasegars’ blog and Brian Harry’s blog for additional information.