Visual Studio 2012 released to the web!

Visual Studio 2012 released to the web!

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On August 15th, we announced the release of Visual Studio 2012 to the web! Make sure to visit Somasegar’s Blog for the announcement, and if you haven’t downloaded yet, check out Jason Zander’s Blog for 12 reasons to upgrade. There was a lot of buzz across the blogs, so here’s a rollup of additional posts you might want to read about the release:

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MSDN Subscribers can download from the MSDN Subscriber Download Page. For free trial and Express versions, these releases are available on our Visual Studio product website.

To learn more about Visual Studio 2012, join us on September 12th for the Visual Studio 2012 Launch event online at

As always, we want to hear your suggestions or feature ideas/improvements so please add your suggestions to UserVoice or vote on other user’s suggestions.


Cathy Sullivan (Program Manager) and the Visual Studio Team

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  • I wanted to share something positive. It's now 2245 Eastern time, and I'm working with VS 2010 on Win7 with the Aero theme enabled (with transparency) and have Zune maximized in the background (behind VS) playing Enigma. Through the title bar of Visual Studio I'm able to see Zune's 'now playing' animation and it's got to be one of the coolest things and makes working that much more fun (also gives me some inspiration and sparks creativity). Alas though Aero is now gone in Win8 and so I wouldn't be able to experience this if/when I move to Win8. Microsoft sure is making things hard on us for no good reason.

  • Congrats for a great release! Really nice.

    In relation to deploying/publishing to Azure Web Sites I have a bug to report. Is there a public place to do that?

    The problem is that the publishing process doesn't take into account the preferred build configuration (which is set in the Configuration Manager) that I set the publish dialog. It always builds and deploys the Release profile.



  • I've been working in VS2012 for a couple days now and I really don't care for it! The experience is dull and lifeless. Yes it's faster and all that...but if I don't enjoy working in it then what's the point? VS2010 is way nicer to look at. Come on you silly microsoft fools...what dingbat thought that these icons were good???!!! You apparently live a dull lifeless boring work-a-holic life and don't have a girlfriend or anything that you are happy were abused as a child? Maybe mommy didn't love you enough...I don't know... but what I do know is that YOU SUCK!


  • They aren't listening because they've clearly made a branding decision across all their products that the Visual Studio team has been forced to adopt. Sadly I've now uninstalled VS2012 as it's too painful on the eyes and I quite like color :) If Microsoft continue down the route of bland UI's then I'm going to have to look at developing for a different platform, one that uses colorful icons and uses more than 4 shades of grey in the UI :)

  • This UI is completely unusable.  PLEASE give us back the 2010 visual style.

  • Oh godz my eyes! I feel like I wanna shoot myself after looking at this drab UI for an hour.

  • Just s step backward. Really BAD UI!!!!

  • The part I love is project file compatibility with vs2010!

    I had anticipated to be one of the first to move to vs2012 and was excited to be able to do so, also on projects where some co-workers work on who are stuck on vs2010.


    It turns out I'll love the project file compatibility even more, because I will be on of those who cling to vs2010. At least until someone has worked up a custom theme/skin with more contrast (rather than the two defaults: "dark grey on light grey"  and "light grey on dark grey") and, most importantly, icons that i can recognize by color not just "glyph shape" (and preferably by at least some similarity to vs2010 icons).

    To the chief visual "designer" and his whole team who were responsible for creating the current themes and looks : shame on you, spineless lot! It's your profession to enhance user experience and productivity, even in the face of corporate Metro-propaganda!

    I'm not complaining about "ugliness" - beauty is in the eye of the beholder - or just "wanting to go back" - there can always be something newer and better. This UI is a productivity trainwreck - not just in the transitional phase of getting used to it, but because it violates so many tried and tested user interaction principles.

    You. Have. Failed.

    Fortunately, Microsoft has "opened up" visual studio; at least in vs2010  there were plenty add-ins and themes, so hopefully most of it will be fixable within the "customization" possibilities.

    But the UI-team is not worthy of the name and should quit to retain some honor to their faces.

    /rant .

  • Only clothes fashions were previously repeatedly, now the user interface? I shake my head what happened to MS and wonder about anything. Not that MS continues to lose market share, no wonder!

  • "Nero fiddled while Rome burned"

    Or to spell it out, Microsoft fiddles with the UI while their competitors leave them behind in market share.

    Can someone from MS PLEASE break ranks and post (anonymously if you must) to one of these blogs letting us know WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? Surely you didn't all just roll over and agree to turn VS into a steaming turd??

    I want the inside story before I give up and become a linux/Apple developer (ugh).

  • Team Explorer is a big step backwards in usability.  I find myself switching back to 2010 to check-in.  Also, the Test Explorer has been rendered useless for me due to the lack of grouping options (specifically, group by project).  Please provide some improvements in SP1!

    P.S. This is an ideal opportunity for a competitor to launch an alternative .NET IDE ... JetBrains are you listening?

  • Please fix the UI or at least add some way to custom skin it... It makes working in it an absolute chore.

  • Hey guys, for those of you who want to modify the colors of the built-in Visual Studio 2012 Light / Dark themes, try this little tool I wrote. Let me know if it works for you :)

  • Can you please make the menu's not shout and bring some color to the icons again? it really helps differentiate everything toi make it easier to find.

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