Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5 Released to the Web

Microsoft announced that it has released Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5, the core development tools for Windows 8, to the Web.

Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 to the Web.

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 are the tools that form the backbone for developing on Windows 8, and Microsoft has released them more than two months ahead of the Oct. 26 planned release of Windows 8 to give developers a head start on building apps for the platform.

Jason Zander, Microsoft's vice president of Visual Studio, said MSDN subscribers can download Visual Studio 2012 immediately at the MSDN Subscriber Download Page, and volume licensing customers will be able to download starting Aug. 16 from the Volume Licensing Service Center.

Developers also will be able to find Visual Studio in stores in the next month or so, as well as some availability to purchase it through the Visual Studio product Website in the next few days, Zander said. Moreover, to evaluate the free trial versions or download Microsoft's free Express products, developers can go to the Visual Studio product Website.

"With Visual Studio 2012, we're delivering a productive and powerful development experience, one that makes it easy to develop on your own or as part of a collaborative team, all the while building apps that target the latest platforms," said S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, in a blog post. "The interesting question for every developer out there is-what app will you build today? We look forward to discussing it more with you during the Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event Sept. 12."

Microsoft is holding a Visual Studio 2012 launch event Sept. 12 in Seattle as well as virtually for developers to tune in.