If you’re one of the lucky ones to be attending the ALM Summit this week (I’m not), you’ve been able to experience first-hand the bevy of announcements made concerning Visual Studio Update 2.  An evaluation CTP (read: Not supported, not “go live”) has been dropped and is ready for feedback.

Brian Harry explains it best in his blog post (as always), but here’s a quick list of my highlights:

  • You can tag work items: Similar to tags on blog posts, you can place various tags on work items to help with categorization and organization.
  • Web-based test case management:  Think Test Manager (MTM) in the browser.  You can do basic management and execution of test cases via the web.  This will make it much easier to perform manual tests on non-Windows platforms.
  • Unit testing
    • Playlists: Create arbitrary test lists/groups.
    • Windows Phone app support
  • Fakes & Stubs has been moved down to VS Premium (still in Ultimate)
  • Office 2013 support
  • Blue Theme – if you still can’t get past the reduction of color in VS 2012.

But nevermind all that – did you hear that Team Foundation Service (compare) now supports Git repositories?  More on Brian’s blog.