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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Updates - Survey

    Hi folks. With Visual Studio 2012 we started the Visual Studio Update program - releasing regular (nearly quarterly) public updates that contained both new features and servicing fixes. To date we’ve released four Updates, and the latest Update for Visual Studio 2012 can be downloaded from the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is here

    We’re excited to announce that today, Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) is now available for download . For an overview of the five areas of investments in VS2012.2 that we made across agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development, and the general...
  • Blog Post: JavaScript memory analysis for Windows Store apps in Visual Studio 2012

    In Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 , we introduced a JavaScript memory analysis tool for Windows Store apps to help developers, you, build apps that do not leak memory, so that these apps are more reliable, potentially more responsive and therefore have the potential to be more highly rated by customers...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 is here

    Today, the Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (Visual Studio 2012.1) is available for download. You can get it now via the Visual Studio 2012.1 download page (see "Visual Studio 2012 Update 1" under the "Additional software" section). For an overview of the main updates included in Visual Studio 2012.1,...
  • Blog Post: Productivity Power Tools 2012

    By popular request, the new version of the Productivity Power Tools has arrived for Visual Studio 2012 ! These tools are the fruit of a few passionate engineers on the Visual Studio team that love sharing the power of Visual Studio with customers. The Productivity Power Tools are one of the top gallery...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Phone SDK 8.0

    It gives us great pleasure to announce that today at //build/ we launched the Windows Phone 8 development story. We have enhanced the existing Visual Studio 2012 developer tools to support development of Windows Phone 8 apps optimized for a variety of resolutions and hardware, introduced ability to simulate...
  • Blog Post: Your Visual Studio, Your Colors

    Since releasing Visual Studio 2012 we have continued on our investment in the user experience space to enable you to work more efficiently and to make the Visual Studio experience engaging and productive. One of the design principles we are following is the enablement of choice and personal customization...
  • Blog Post: NuGet for Windows Store App Developers

    In Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 you’ll see that we have included the popular NuGet package manager by default and customized it to include a Windows 8 packages feed that presents you a filtered list of NuGet packages for use in developing your Windows Store apps. In case you haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 SimShip Partners

    A month ago we launched Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 at our launch event ( http://www.visualstudiolaunch.com ) in Seattle. At this event and online, we had a number of sessions showing how Visual Studio 2012 helps you build great applications. We are always looking to ensure that our new tools can...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop is Here

    A few months ago, Soma announced plans for a Visual Studio Express 2012 edition for Windows Desktop. Today, we are happy to share that this new Express product is available for download . (You can find the system requirements and download details here .) This post is written by Jennifer Leaf, one of...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2012 Debugging Features for the Windows 8 App Lifecycle Model

    Windows 8 brings a new app lifecycle model , in which Windows Store apps are automatically managed for the user. These apps always feel alive, even though they never run when they’re off the screen. This provides great benefits for power consumption and battery life. Here are a few related blog...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 released to the web!

    On August 15 th , 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...
  • Blog Post: Improved Toolbox Performance Delivers Highly Responsive Visual Studio 2012

    As mentioned in the previous performance post on Typing and Editing we would follow with a post on the improvements to Visual Studio 2012 from enhancements in the Toolbox. I would like to introduce Duke Kamstra and Chuck England from two teams in Visual Studio to describe to you the work done to improve...
  • Blog Post: The Visual Studio 2012 Feedback Tool: A better way to submit bugs

    Microsoft Visual Studio has had a long and successful run over the last decade plus, and much of that success has been through the partnership with our customers along the way. We believe that you can build better products through better conversations, and our feedback channels are intended to help us...
  • Blog Post: A World of Samples at your Fingertips

    Samples are the primary way that we as developers learn to develop applications for a new platform. We use samples as a starting point to learn about new APIs, we reference them when we hit bugs in our own code and need a comparison, and we share them for others to learn from our discoveries. If a picture...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

    With Visual Studio 2012, we strive to provide the best development experience across all Microsoft platforms. This includes enabling developers to bring to life the richness of Windows desktop applications - whether you are learning to build your first app or whether you’ve been developing on Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: A DESIGN WITH ALL-CAPS

    Let’s talk about the all-caps menus. When we shared the RC design preview with you, we expected the uppercase menu would generate mixed feedback and emotions. We had seen similar reactions from early adopters and from our own internal users prior to posting about it. Rest assured that we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Setup Improvements for Visual Studio

    Setup is the first experience most of us have of Visual Studio, and in the Visual Studio 2012 we’ve made significant investments in improving your experience. Many of you have already told us you like our new setup user interface (thank you!). We have also been investing in ratcheting up the speed...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 RC Available Now!

    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...
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