Application Development: Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta: A Sneak Peek
Microsoft is delivering the beta versions of Visual Studio 11 and the .NET Framework 4.5 on Feb. 29. In a "sneak peek" with press and analysts, Microsoft shared some details about what the software giant plans to include in the next major version of its flagship development tools suite, code-named Visual Studio 11. S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, said the new toolset focuses on three primary themes: modern consumer and business apps, simplified and productive development environment, and collaborative and agile software teams. Moreover, Somasegar said, "We will be in lock-step between the platform [Windows 8] and the tools." Microsoft released a preview of Visual Studio 11 in September 2011 along with a developer preview of Windows 8 at its BUILD conference. The company is expected to deliver a beta or Consumer Preview of Windows 8 around the same time as the beta of Visual Studio is delivered. Microsoft said Visual Studio 11 is an integrated solution that helps individuals and development teams of any size to be productive and focused, collaborate seamlessly with colleagues, and turn their ideas into exceptional and compelling applications. Here, eWEEK looks at some of the key new features and enhancements Microsoft is offering developers in the new release.