Visual Studio 11 Beta Available Now!

Visual Studio 11 Beta Available Now!

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Today, we're excited to announce that Visual Studio 11 Beta is now available for download.

Back in September, we announced the release of Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and detailed the simplification efforts we made across the IDE, integration of the best and most popular features from the Productivity Power Tools and effort to improve project compatibility scenarios.

Since then, we've been busy improving and fine tuning experiences in Visual Studio and also addressing feedback and known issues from the Developer Preview. We’ve invested in performance improvements in the areas of responsiveness and memory utilization.

Take a look at what's new in Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta on MSDN and for a more in-depth discussion, see Jason Zander’s discussion of the Beta release . We also encourage you to check out the new Windows 8 App Developer Blog to learn more about how to build great Metro style apps for Windows 8.

Last week, we revealed the new developer experience (in Part 1, Part 2) and showed you screenshots of the new user interface, iconography, search capabilities and how we've streamlined common workflows. Many of you had a lot of passionate feedback on these posts. We have read all the comments, and you will hear more about this from us soon. In coming weeks, we’ll be using this blog to talk about many of the other specific features of Visual Studio 11.

We Want Your Feedback!

Your feedback is an important part of our software development cycle. We review every comment that we receive and are constantly using this feedback to improve the product. Now that the Beta is available, we hope you will install and work with it, and continue to send us your feedback on how it all comes together.

If you encounter a bug or an issue, please report it through the Visual Studio, LightSwitch, and Blend Connect sites. We also want to hear your suggestions or feature ideas/improvements so please add your suggestions to UserVoice or vote on other user’s suggestions.


The Visual Studio Team

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  • @Sven

    In non-Express SKU, you can find the Metro style project templates underneath:


    [VSInstall Path]\Common7\IDE\ProjectTemplates\[language]\Windows Metro style\


    [VSInstall Path]\Common7\IDE\ProjectTemplates\JavaScript\Windows Metro style\

    In order to develop Metro style applications, you need to be on Windows 8.

  • I have installed VS 11 Ultimate Beta for my Web application project.

    It is full of bugs & totally disappointing and even ruined my previous version of .NET framework. Also, I have to repair some parts of my project. Why should you let such a weak product out even for evaluation?

    Totally disappointing, even as a beta version.

  • Use your resources for new features or fixing bugs / improve performance.

    THE NEW IDE LOOKS DEPRESSING (use more colors).

  • They messed up a perfectly good UI when they tried to "solve" a problem that didn't exist.

    Can anyone at Microsoft comment on the huge amount of negative feedback?

  • If using VS2010, then remember not to uninstall VS2011 BETA/Preview, as it will break the current VS2010 install. Or even better make sure not to install VS2011 on your workstation. Now my VS2010 says "Unknown Error" when trying to start, and resetsettings doesn't help.

  • I always wondered why it's not supported to install everything of Visual Studio to a folder drive than C. This is really annoying, if you have the OS on an SSD.

    Was this answered anywhere yet?


  • Visual Studio 11 beta is smooth running, but it's a dog to look at. Black on gray is hard to read and it looks too retro.

  • Please release another beta with the corrected colors/icons/theme **BEFORE** releasing the RC so you can get feedback on the colors/icons/theme.

  • Ugliest UI I've seen in decades.  Looks like Win3.1

  • Hi, I have been running VS 11 now for a while and really like the light and dark theme. In vs2010 I used a custom theme from but I like to stick to the default color settings. But when you open an .aspx and have the dark theme, the < and > characters are so light blue that you do not know if you have selected them. I know that I can change the syntax colors but the default should be fine.


  • Hi, Visual Studio 2008 released in the year 2008, since then there is VS 2010,2011 and not what I am seeing is VS2012. As a developer, when I try to grasp one version.. within few months there is new release from the Microsoft.. though Microsoft is comming up with new productive tool with every release, its very difficult to manage.

  • First I like this new Metro Design. It is exactly that what I want on my screen!!! Great new functionalities but...

    In Visual Studio I am missing the moveLineUp and Down funcitonality. Furthermore duplicate line and/or selection is missing. These are basic editor functions which I do not want miss. Every good Editor have these functionality (JetBrains-WebStorm, Eclipse etc.). In the past I could create these funcitonality by my self through macros. But macros no more available in this Version...

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