The RTM release of Visual Studio 2012 was finished in August 2012 and launched it in September. At that time, the core team committed to release new values into Visual Studio via a regular cadence of Visual Studio Updates, and in November 2012 they released first, Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (VS2012.1), which contained not only bug fixes and performance improvements, but also new functionality spanning four primary areas of investment: Windows development, SharePoint development, agile teams, and continuous quality.
Continuing this model Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) was recently release and is now available for download. Just as with VS2012.1 (which is installed as part of VS2012.2 for those of you who don’t already have VS2012.1 installed), this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback we’ve received from the community and aligning with key software development trends in the market. The new functionality primarily spans (though is not limited to) five areas of investment: agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development, and the general developer experience. More details of which can be found in this blog post, http://bit.ly/Y08KbC