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 http://www.visualstudiolaunch.com/.

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.

Enjoy!

Cathy Sullivan (Program Manager) and the Visual Studio Team

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  • Visual Studio 2012 is garbage!

  • I wanted the enhanced support for Javascript/HTML5/CSS3 that is in VS 2012, but I don't know if I can deal with the new colorless themes.. I have to look so hard to tell wtf I'm looking at. Also, the pending check-in screen is just a productivity killer. I'm trying to decided if I should just go back to 2010 until this mess gets sorted out.

  • Is this available to download for Campus Select organisations

  • It's so horrendously ugly that I can't bring myself to use it. Did not one of you actually launch the app on your own machine before you released it? If so, can you not see what we see? It's just horrendous...

  • Can you please add the 2010 theme back to 2012?  List it as "Classic" or "VS 2010 Style" or something. The Light and Dark themes are not suitable for software developers as they're just too poorly designed and ugly to be of any practical use.

  • Dear MS,

    Can you please advise whether anyone from the VS GUI team will be at TechEd New Zealand next week? I want to "congratulate" them on their "fine" work. Their "User Experience" of meeting me will no doubt be akin to that I am experiencing with VS 2012.

  • I guess the silence about the UI is in hopes that these comments will die down. And that may be so, but so will usage of VS. Seems like we're just wasting our time here and it's very frustrating.

  • The UI on VS2012 is terrible, Menu items in Caps??, FFS!!. Please MS, And Add some colors, the white theme is intolerable and i would rather spend my time doing Dev then changing themes. Loved the product from VS2005-to VS2010. Don't know what happened on VS2012(UI design wise)

  • Using VS 2012 for few weeks. still sucks. Now when I need to select a tool window I cannot use easy to identify color icons. Not even BW icons. They are gone. Macros - gone. Ability to sort code analysis results - gone. So many good features are gone. The tool bars are terrible. I waste lots of time trying to figure out what those crappy gray icons stand for. I am going back to VS 2010 for now.  Let me know when will VS 2012 is fixed.  Also, if you find this comment let me know, I’ll repost it an all upper case.

    FAIL.

  • Using VS 2012 for few weeks. still sucks. Now when I need to select a tool window I cannot use easy to identify color icons. Not even BW icons. They are gone. Macros - gone. Ability to sort code analysis results - gone. So many good features are gone. The tool bars are terrible. I waste lots of time trying to figure out what those crappy gray icons stand for. I am going back to VS 2010 for now.  Let me know when will VS 2012 is fixed.  Also, if you find this comment let me know, I’ll repost it an all upper case.

    FAIL.

  • Just installed visual studio 2012..frankly speaking the Light environment setting sucks ..makes visual studio looks so stupid  but I love the Dark one..makes the whole thing looks good.. easy on eyes and overall I am really impressed with the new  Dark visual studio .

  • Guys,

     The two options for the UI on Visual Studio 2012 are really bad.   The lack of color and contrast makes working with this a huge challenge.  I'm not sure if the goal was for people to develop their own themes but this UI was a large botch on someones decision.

  • Waiting for VS 2014 with colours. What a pity VS devs were defeated by Metro team.

  • I do agree. The UI is completely confusing! Looks like Windows 1.0 with monochrome monitor. You need hours to find the right icons. Can someone please fire the UI designer!!! I've been using Visual Studio from 2003 on. VS2012 is the worst version!

  • There's no way in heck I will ever purchase or use VS2012 until you at the *very least* fix the monochrome icons; the poor contrast, all CAPS menu, and completely dull and depressing environment are all bad and annoying, but the icons take the cake. Icons need personality, so that my brain can quickly anthropomorphize and store them. If they ALL look like black blobs, then my brain classifies them as black blobs, and I can't learn them. I instead have to stare straight at them to get a feel for their shape. In other words, it takes supreme effort to use this UI, which means it FAILS MISERABLY.

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