Visual Studio 2012 RC Available Now!

Visual Studio 2012 RC Available Now!

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Today, we're excited to announce that Visual Studio 2012 RC is now available for download on our Visual Studio product website.

Since the release of Beta, we’ve been hard at work making final touches, addressing top customer feedback from Beta, and improving performance across the IDE. Take an in-depth look at what's new in the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 RC and .NET Framework 4.5 on Jason Zander’s blog. 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 gave you a sneak peak at the user interface updates coming in RC and even gave you a behind the scenes look at what’s coming in RTM for the dark theme. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts here on the Visual Studio blog as we have a great line up planned.

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.

Enjoy!

The Visual Studio Team

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  • I really like the setup experience... smooth transitions, and very few options to think about. A few clicks and you're done.

    But I agree with Josh, the new logo isn't as good as the one from the beta...

  • What about?

    1. VC++ and direct XP targeting?

    2. VS Express and desktop development?

  • How can i change the language of the ISO image?

    It's always choosing the german version by default, because i'm living in Germany, but i want to install the english version of Visual Studio Ultimate. Is there a direct link to the english version of the ISO image?

  • Wait... this is free for everyone? I'm assuming it will either self-destruct or become illegal to use once VS2012 is really released?

  • I'm excited about the new version, but the menus being in all-caps and the square-iness of the logo are distracting, if not downright ugly.

  • Why complaining about CAPS in the menu and a logo?

    Are you guys programming or looking at your ide? How about learning the short cuts?

  • MS has really messed up Enterprise developers with this release.

    If you code with VS 11 and intend to run your app on Windows XP using the "Target .NET 4.0" feature, then when you debug you will not experience the bugs that were fixed in .NET 4.5.

    Meaning that you will not know you are relying on a "fixed" bug until you release to you XP users.  (Or you have to try to re-test your app to make sure you did not rely on one of those fixed bugs.  Which is hard because Microsoft will not release a full list of what they fixed!)

    I am so angry about this!@!!!  We are going to have to BAN Visual Studio 11 and .NET 4.5.

    BAN it!!! Do you hear me Microsoft?  I can't even let my Developers Install this junk because you made it an in-place upgrade!

    See this post for more details: social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../c05a8c02-de67-47a9-b4ed-fd8b622a7e4a

  • Installation was smooth.

    However, I will pass on VS 2012.

    Let me tell you why: all-caps menu.

    While writing code, my eyes constantly were drawn to the menus which were screaming for attention.

    I have real work to get done and cannot waste time with distractions.

    As the top senior developer at my company, I am responsible for deciding core technologies and software that we use for all of our main products.

    I am aware that the menu labels can be manually renamed.

    But I do not have time to "fix" this manually for all of our employees.

    And we cannot afford to have their productivity reduced due to screaming distractions.

    So I will not be recommending this product and we will remain with VS 2000.

    If this nonsense is fixed in a future SP, please let us know.

    I will re-evaluate it again at that time.

  • > So I will not be recommending this product and we will remain with VS 2000.

    Sorry, that is a typo. Should be VS 2010.

  • Not a fan of the new logo, I really liked the one that was on the site before (similar to VS2010 but metro, single colour)

    Obviously it's been done to be consistent with Windows 8's logo, but especially when it's in the top left of Visual Studio it has WAY more visual weight than it deserves.

  • @Craig Easy solution: hide the main menu visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/bdbcffca-32a6-4034-8e89-c31b86ad4813

    to send an email recommending this to all your developers would take you less time than it took you to write about it here.

  • I was one who thought ALL-CAPS-gate was an overreaction (wasn't a fan but it was the least of my concerns), but that logo, it's the visually strongest element in the IDE and it's the most useless element in the IDE. Your eyes are constantly drawn to that logo. At the very least use a shade of grey, preferably make it smaller too.

  • @Craig As the 'top senior developer' at your company, I hope your boss read your comment, because at my company that would be grounds for dismissal. That is the most ridiculous reason to skip a whole version of Visual Studio I have ever heard of. As Chris said, just hide the menu with the extension. And the new VS has a plethora of other improvements which will improve productivity, too.

  • Was the new logo inspired by "Harold and the Purple Crayon?" :)

  • On Build 8329, I get following error when installing VS2012RC ultimate.

    The .Net Framework installed on this machine does not meet the minimum required version: 4.5.50501.

    how to get .et 4.5.50501 ?

    --Rc

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