It’s been a busy week since the RC announcements for Visual Studio 2012, .NET Framework 4.5, and Team Foundation Server 2012.

RC Announcements

In my last post I provided an overview of the latest enhancements across the product. Here’s a rollup of the announcement posts across the team, so that you can explore additional deep dives into the various areas.

Developer Tools News Feed

You can also view these real-time in the news feed on the new Developer Tools blog network:


.NET Framework 4.5 Compatibility

I wanted to share a few notes about .NET Framework 4.5 RC, as you set out to evaluate the latest releases. .NET Framework 4.5 RC is part of Windows 8 Release Preview. It is also available as a standalone download for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 operating systems.

.NET 4.5 is an in-place update to .NET 4, with same underlying CLR version. This means that once .NET 4.5 is installed on a computer, all .NET 4 apps run automatically on .NET 4.5. We’ve put in a lot of effort to ensure compatibility of .NET 4 apps on .NET4.5 runtime by testing hundreds of apps in our compatibility lab and partnering with our top customers. We’d also like to ask you to test your .NET 4 apps with .NET Framework 4.5 RC and report any issues by using the Visual Studio Feedback Tool or emailing