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It’s been a busy month since releasing the beta of Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5! I’ve included a roll-up here, so that you can check out the Microsoft blogs with deep dives into different parts of the beta product:
Visual Studio 11 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts
Welcome to Visual Studio 11 ALM Rangers Readiness Beta “Wave”
Update Your Agile Team Project to Support Additional Functionality After You Upgrade from TFS 2010 to TFS11 Beta
Running IntelliTrace on Applications in Production
What's new for Microsoft Test Manager in Visual Studio 11 Beta
Getting Started with Exploratory Testing
Visual Studio 11 Beta - What is new in Coded UI Tests?
What's New in Visual Studio 11 Beta Unit Testing
What’s new for MSTest unit tests in Visual Studio 11 Beta
Visual Studio 11 Beta: Manual Testing of Windows Metro Style Apps
Visual Studio 11 Beta Performance Part #1: Overview & Virtual Memory Usage
Visual Studio 11 Beta Performance Part #2: Solution Load Time
Visual Studio 11 Beta Performance Part #3: Debugging
Improving Launch Performance for Your Desktop Applications
Announcing Visual Studio 11 Beta
Why Visual Studio 11 Requires Space on the System Drive
Introducing the New Developer Experience
Introducing the New Developer Experience, Part #2
What’s New in Code Analysis for Visual Studio 11
What's new in Visual Studio 11 Dependency Graphs
Introducing .NET Framework 4.5 Beta
What’s New for Parallelism in .NET 4.5 Beta
Introducing MEF Lightweight Composition and an Updated Composition Provider for ASP.NET MVC
MSDN: What's New in WPF Version 4.5 Beta
Optimizing the .NET Framework Deployment Experience for Users and Developers
C#: Visual Studio 11 Beta Is Here!
Visual Basic 11 Beta Available for Download!
What's New in Visual Studio 11 Beta for C++ Developers
What’s up with MFC in Visual Studio 2011 Beta
MSDN Magazine: New Standard Concurrency Features in Visual C++ 11
Introducing Visual F# 3.0 Beta!
C9 Lectures: Donna Malayeri - F# 3.0 - Information Rich Programming
Announcing LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 Beta!
Enhance Your LightSwitch Applications with OData
Creating and Consuming LightSwitch OData Services
MSDN Magazine: Consume a LightSwitch OData Service from a Windows Phone application
Using LightSwitch OData Services in a Windows 8 Metro Style Application
LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–February 2012
LightSwitch Extensibility Toolkit for Visual Studio 11 Beta Released
LightSwitch Cosmopolitan Shell and Theme for VS 11 Beta
What’s New in SharePoint Developer Tools for Visual Studio 11 Beta
Scott Hanselman: Visual Studio 11 Beta in Context
New Features for Web Development in Visual Studio 11 Beta
New time saving features for Web projects in Visual Studio 11 Beta
Visual Studio 11 Beta Page Inspector Tutorial live in asp.net
Visual Studio 11 Beta Razor editor issue workaround
Visual Studio 11 Beta HTML/CSS editor features
Welcome to Windows 8 – The Consumer Preview
Running the Consumer Preview: system recommendations
Going behind the scenes building Windows 8
Web browsing in Windows 8 Consumer Preview with IE10
Welcome to the Windows 8 app developer blog
What’s changed for app developers since //build/ (part 1)
What’s changed for app developers since //build/ (part 2)
Migrating your apps from Developer Preview to Consumer Preview
Bring single sign-on and SkyDrive to your Windows 8 apps with the Live SDK
Combining XAML and DirectX
Submitting your Windows 8 apps
Introducing the winners of the First Apps Contest
Insider’s view: Authoring XAML-based Metro style apps in Blend Beta
Blend’s Data Binding dialog: new features and UX refresh
Known Issue: XAML Designer in Visual Studio 11 Beta Crashes on Launch
Build HTML Metro style apps with Blend for Visual Studio 11 Beta
Visual Authoring for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview with Blend and Visual Studio
Blend Beta Known Issue: Menus do not render correctly when Windows 8 Basic theme is applied
The beta is an opportunity for us to get your feedback on Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5 as we prepare to ship the final version. We really appreciate all the input that everyone has provided so far. We’ve been listening and reading all the responses that have come through on our feedback channels:
We also made a beta survey available today, where you can leave comments about your experience using the product.
In addition, here are a few other recent Microsoft releases to be aware of from the past month or so:
Update 4.0.3 for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Jon Galloway: ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta Released!
ScottGu: ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta
ScottGu: ASP.NET Web API (Part 1)
Ted Kummert: The Data Explosion – Making Sense of it All
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012, Drives Advancements in Big Data
In other news, this month we made it easier to get Team Foundation Server, by making Team Explorer Everywhere available free of charge, for users with a TFS CAL. We also made Team Foundation Server accessible to a wider group of participants by making TFS reports and the Operations Manager console available to all users, without requiring purchase of a TFS CAL. More details on these changes are available on Brian Harry’s blog.
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