I’m excited to announce that the Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates are now available for download.

These releases ship with “Go Live” licenses, so you can get started today building and deploying production applications using Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5.

For this release candidate milestone, you’ll find substantial improvements since the Developer Preview and Beta releases.  We’ve added features, improved performance, revamped the UI, streamlined setup, made it easy for you to move from Beta to RC, and more.  For a detailed exploration of what’s new in the RC release, see Jason Zander’s blog.

Along with RC availability, we have the final naming for what we’ve been calling Visual Studio “11”: Visual Studio 2012. We’ve also revised the Visual Studio logo to embody the same Metro design principles of simplicity and streamlining that we've applied to Visual Studio itself:

We appreciate all the feedback you’ve shared with us from the Developer Preview and Beta releases, and we look forward to hearing about your experiences with RC.

Namaste!