Microsoft Delivers Final Version of Visual Studio 2013

Microsoft announced the availability of the final version of Visual Studio 2013 and other technology, including key enhancements to ASP.NET.

On the same day Microsoft began making Windows 8.1 generally available, the company also announced that the final releases of Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1 and Team Foundation Server 2013 (TFS) are now available for download.

In a blog post on the availability of the final releases of the developer tools—also known as release to manufacturing (RTM) releases—Soma Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's developer division, cited several new features and capabilities in Visual Studio 2013, including editor enhancements such as Peek and CodeLens, diagnostics tools for UI responsiveness and energy consumption, major updates for ASP.NET Web development, and expanded application lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities with Git support and agile portfolio management. A list of the new features in Visual Studio 2013 can be found here.

"Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft's platforms," Somasegar said. "From Windows Azure and SQL Server to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2013 supports the breadth of Microsoft's developer platforms."

In a separate post, Brian Harry, a Microsoft Technical Fellow working as the product unit manager for Team Foundation Server (TFS), said getting Visual Studio 2013 is easy. "If you have an active MSDN subscription, you already own it," he said. "If you don't, you can upgrade your VS Pro subscription for $99, for a limited time. Check out purchasing options here:

Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers can download from the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page.

Harry also noted that Visual Studio 2013 can be installed side-by-side with previous versions of Visual Studio, or if you have a VS 2013 prerelease, it can be installed straight over the top of the prerelease. While TFS 2013 cannot be installed side-by-side, it can be installed over the top of either a previous version—TFS 2012 or TFS 2010—or a prerelease.

"We're already hard at work planning for the improvements we will make in VS/TFS 2013.1, so expect to hear more over in the next few months," he said.

Microsoft will be hosting a Visual Studio 2013 launch event Nov. 13.

Meanwhile, in another Microsoft post, Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president in the Microsoft developer division, delved into some of what he referred to as "fantastic" enhancements to ASP.NET, Web development and the Entity Framework that comes along with the new release.