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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  • Could someone from English-speaking countries please post a download link to the English Professional ISO? One ending with VS2012_RC_PRO_ENU.iso . Not giving an option of choosing iso language was really silly and annoying.

  • Light theme is totally unusable, it's too bright and hurts your eyes.

    The dark theme is totally messed up. It's mostly dark and then there are some random icons that have color. And the damn PURPLE status bar???? What the fk? It's a dark theme, keep it dark.

  • The colorization of the solution explorer is still not good enough. Adding some dak blue colors that pretty much look like black was particularly useless. At the very least, the folders need to be yellow, as this has been the case since *ever*. The VS 2010 explorer and overall design is still much superior to the current RC.

    As much as I like the speed improvements in VS 11, the user interface is quite disappointing. Even more so in the RC, since you do not seem to pay attention to user complaints. You removed the all caps from the tool windows because of a plethora of complaints, only to add the same annoying capitalisation to the menu bar. Seriously?

  • WHY ARE THE MENUS YELLING AT ME?  PLEASE STOP YELLING AT US.

  • I'm not usually one to get too worked up over change but this is the worst UI overhaul I've ever experienced in a product. I’ve read many of the justifications and rationales but that’s all part of an attempt to apply science to a discipline that doesn’t allow it. There are so many frustrating flaws from search boxes I can’t see because everything is white to ALL CAPS menus that make my eyes wig out. Going to be a long few years between releases.

  • Can someone tell me where the WPF animation/timeline support is in Visual Studio 2012, or where the WPF Blend support is? It's gone AWOL hasn't it ? This is ridiculous. Blend 4 was a much better UI then all this Metro crap that's been foistered on us. Hate the eye-burning coloured status bar too.

  • I know you guys spent a lot of time on the new visuals for the beta, and listened to some feedback for the RC, but seriously... it's still Visual Studio And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad UI. The RC is a *slight* improvement over the beta, but not nearly enough.

    Please, please, please, please, PLEASE, please, please, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, please, please, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, please, please, please, please, please, please, PLEASE, PLEASE, please, PLEASE, please, PLEASE, PLEASE, please, PLEASE...

    ... please, at the very least, include a "Visual Studio 2010" theme in RTM. The new features are cool and all, but I'm sure I'm not the only developer who's prepared to give up "async" in order to avoid this mess of a user interface.

    [Translated into Metro for the Visual Studio UI team:]

    ... PLEASE, AT THE VERY LEAST, INCLUDE A "VISUAL STUDIO 2010" THEME IN RTM. THE NEW FEATURES ARE COOL AND ALL, BUT I'M SURE I'M NOT THE ONLY DEVELOPER WHO'S PREPARED TO GIVE UP "ASYNC" IN ORDER TO AVOID THIS MESS OF A USER INTERFACE.

  • Just tried RC... Here are my comments.

    1) REMOVE ALL CAPS IN MENU HEADERS

    2) Remove weird colored toolbar

    3) Start page has random dark block in light theme

    4) Start over with light theme entirely... or replace it with VS2010 mode.

    5) Remove gigantic underline on pane headings

    6) Reduce start up time

    7) Make dialogs windows (tools, options, etc) dark when main UI is in dark mode

    8) Allow compiling Windows XP compat programs with VS11 compiler (no multitarget)

    9) Allow compiling desktop programs with express

  • The new logo is so ugly, please change it.

  • where are the Windows Phone templates?

  • This is the second day of trying to use the latest Windows 8 with VS.NET 2012, it is just not right, conclusion: use it yourself!

    Another conclusion: the horrible Linux UI never looked so beautiful, I downloaded Ubuntu and LinuxMint, and I am looking at alternatives for Web Development :-(

    How can you be so stupid? Look at Microsoft Phone, how much did they sell? 1%? Their market share went down again this month!

    Never mind, there is still Windows 7 and VS.NET 2010, Linux has pretty good web development tools, not perfect, but ok.

    Here is what is going to happen:

    1) You will release Windows 8 and VS.NET 2012 with the big Wow and tens of millions of dollars of advertisement.

    2) People will buy the new Laptops, that is maybe.

    3) People will return the new Laptops and computers and ask for something with Windows 7.

    4) Developers will continue to use VS.NET 2010 and many who do HTML5 development will likely find alternatives.

    5) Stock price will go down, new CEO, top managers get fired.

    Good luck

  • To stop the menu screaming at you run this in powershell...

    Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General -Name SuppressUppercaseConversion -Type DWord -Value 1

  • If the themes of light and dark are selectable, then how do we get a VS2010 version? It's got to be possible.

    BTW: Does anyone else have an issue with the text on the menus? Mine are really thin and blocky, like it was just for 800x600 and then enlarged?

    I like many others think this is a really poor attempt. I cannot see any time I will be developing a Win 8 Metro app, other than as a 'lite' window into the main app, so why am I forced to do everything metro?

  • So I'm not going to be a hater.  The all-caps menus do not really bother me.  It's a minor issue all things considered.  I do think that since it is a registry key, why not make it configurable in the UI so that those who are so concerned can easily change it to their preference?

    I do, however, agree with everyone that the title bar is too large and it does seem a little silly to have such a large icon for a development tool.  And I will also agree with just about everyone that we still need more color in the icons.  Color is such a huge factor in memorization and identification.

    I did encounter a pretty big bug though.  If you attempt to add a reference to a project tha already has that reference, the whole UI just locks up.  I can reproduce this every time.

    Everything else has been smooth sailing so far.  I will say that the RC doesn't lock up nearly as much as the beta did.  Keep up the good work folks.

  • IF YOU FEEL THAT READING TEXT IN CAPITAL LETTERS IS EASIER, THEN KEEP THE MENUS AS IS. OTHERWISE, JUST GO BACK TO NORMAL LOWER CASE LETTERS. ALL CAPS MENUS ARE AN AWFUL "FEATURE". ALSO I UNDERSTOOD THAT AFTER ALL THE COMPLAINS COLORS WOULD BE BACK, I DON'T SEE THAT MANY COLORS IN THE ICONS.

    HOW DID IT FEEL READING A TEXT IN UPPER CASE?

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