Microsoft TechEd 2013: Visual Studio 2013, TFS 2013 Bust Out
Microsoft made bold moves in announcing major new versions of its dev tools, Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013, at its TechEd 2013 show today.Microsoft is announcing major new versions of its flagship application development environment and application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions—preview versions of Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013—at its TechEd 2013 conference in New Orleans on June 3. The software giant is announcing key new functionality in both environments and will be introducing some of the technology at TechEd, which runs June 3-6, and then releasing preview versions along with more detail on the technology at its upcoming Build 2013 developer conference, which will run June 26-28 in San Francisco. The company is also announcing a key technology acquisition that bolsters its DevOps story. "We'll be talking through at TechEd the bulk of the ALM features. We have quite a lot of new capability in Visual Studio 2013 and TFS 2013, which will ship with VS 2013," Brian Harry, a Microsoft technical fellow working as the product unit manager for Team Foundation Server, told eWEEK. "Further, we'll be announcing the first preview build of VS 2013 will be available at the Build conference. What we'll focus on at TechEd are the ALM-oriented features. We will be saving the more platform-oriented features like the Windows Store app development features at Build. Think of TechEd as more ALM oriented and Build as more core software construction oriented announcements." And there will be several of both, Harry noted.
There will be groundbreaking changes in the core coding experience for the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) with the release of VS 2013, Harry said. For instance, there will be changes that impact developer productivity akin to the way IntelliSense helped change the way developers wrote code when it was first introduced.