Application Development: Microsoft Visual Studio 2012: 9 Hot New Things for Developers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-09-17 Print this article Print
Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

With Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft will continually deliver value by adding new capabilities year-round. These update releases will be aligned with core software development trends in the market, ensuring developers always have access to the best solution for building modern applications, company officials said. VS2012 Update 1 will offer new capabilities in four main categories, including added support of agile teams, continuous quality enablement, SharePoint and Windows development, and will be made available this month as a preview and later this year as a final release.
Microsoft has formally launched its flagship Visual Studio 2012 tools suite and has already announced an update for the product, Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. At a Sept. 12 launch event in Seattle, Microsoft announced VS2012 before an audience of hundreds of developers in person and thousands more via Webcast. Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 are the tools that form the backbone for developing not only on Windows 8, but all of Microsoft's platforms, company officials said. Meanwhile, Microsoft will be delivering VS2012 Update 1 by the end of this year as part of a new strategy to update its developer tools on a more rapid cadence, Microsoft said. "Visual Studio 2012 is the best development tool to enable developers to build 'modern apps' for connected devices," Soma Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's developer division, said in an interview with eWEEK. VS2012 supports development on Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Azure and Windows Phone. Somasegar said Visual Studio 2012 has seen more than 600,000 downloads since its release to the Web, making this the fastest adoption of Visual Studio in Microsoft's history. This slide show looks at the release of VS2012 and some of the ancillary tools and promotions Microsoft is making available to developers.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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