Microsoft announces new Visual Studio 2012 details

Microsoft has pulled back the covers on Visual Studio 2012 and is announcing a few new features today at their launch event. You can see the full list below and know that the updates for all of the features that are headed to the platform that were discussed today at Microsoft's Visual Studio Keynote.

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

With Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft will deliver continuous value to customers, adding new capabilities year-round. These update releases will be aligned with core software development trends in the market, ensuring developers and development teams always have access to the best solution for building modern applications. Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 will offer new capabilities in four main categories, including added support of agile teams, continuous quality enablement, SharePoint and Windows development.

This update will be made available later this month as a preview and later this year as a final release.

•  Availability of Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop extends the Visual Studio tools offering for desktop applications by providing developers with Express tools for building powerful Windows Desktop applications in C#, VB.NET and C++. This offering enables developers to get started on building Windows desktop applications quickly and for free.

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop becomes available on Sept. 12, 2012.

•  New F# Tools for Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web

F# Tools for Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web provides developers with a free add-on with VS2012 that enables development of F# on ASP.NET, Azure, and Cloud.

The F# Tools add-in will be available on Sept. 12, 2012.

•  TFS Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012

TFS Power Tools provide development teams everything they need to get the most out of their Team Foundation Server 2012 installation, including advanced backup tools, extensions for Windows Explorer as well as PowerShell, and a process template editor.

TFS Power Tools will be available for download on Sept. 12, 2012.

•  Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012

Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio are a set of enhancement, tools and command-line utilities that help developers accomplish tasks more efficiently.

The Productivity Power Tools will be available for download in October.

•  New Support for Windows Embedded

Windows Embedded Compact development is now fully supported in Visual Studio 2012, including access to Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).

These improvements will be available with the next version of Windows Embedded Compact, which is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2013.

•  Continued Strong VSIP Support

Visual Studio 2012 is launching with 72 sim-ship partners delivering over 100 products at launch that demonstrate strong ecosystem support for Visual Studio and the developer community.

•  New Community Language Packs

Visual Studio 2012 enables developers to view the UI in their local language. Visual Studio 2012 is launching Sept. 12, 2012, with 10 local languages available in market.

Make sure to check back later as Neowin will be talking with several Microsoft executives about the direction of Visual Studio, building apps, and much much more. 

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I downloaded and installed the premium version a few weeks back. I have to agree with Brony, this 2012 is butt-ugly. I'm also rather irked that you have to sign up for a dev account just to even dabble with a matro app. Although it's free, there are some things in the TOS that truly have me concerned, so I refuse to do it. I don't think it is ever necessary to have to sign in to run any development appplication on my own pc so I guess this means I'll never be making a Metro app (not that I care that much anyhow).
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I must say that I am glad they will be releasing an Express version for the desktop. I was worried they wouldn't be doing this and saw that as a smack in the face to all the hobbyist.

Interesting. I definitely am looking forward to this update. I just hope that they don't expect everything to go Metro. Business programs are still going to need to be desktop programs...

They better push more updates quicker to the C++ compiler. Microsoft is so far behind in C++11 support than any of the other ones. They pretty much are close to implementing everything unlike Microsoft. I don't think us C++ developers need to waiting until 2014, 2016 to have the full C++11 support.

Nice, it seems MS is going to do a lot of these yearly updates to it's big products. They started this more or less with WP but now it's moving to quicker updates for VS and from the looks of it even Windows 8/RT.

I'm so glad they decided to release Express 2012 for Desktop. I like dabbling, but I could never justify paying for the full Visual Studio Pro or other suite.

devHead said,
I'm so glad they decided to release Express 2012 for Desktop. I like dabbling, but I could never justify paying for the full Visual Studio Pro or other suite.

If you're just dabbling then you don't need to full suite. Most common tasks can be accomplished by the Express Editions. I used to get whole projects done with the first Express editions (or whatever they were called at first) before I started doing a lot of .NET development at which point I got an MSDN BizSpark account so I've never really had to pay for VS itself. It's a smart technique, because with my free Visual Studio, I've indirectly brought them many, many Windows Server and SQL Server Licenses hosting all the stuff I build for others...

Obry said,

If you're just dabbling then you don't need to full suite.

Yeah, I know; that's what I said. To me, the Express products do everything I need, and more!

-Razorfold said,
It's been out on dreamspark for a couple of days now.
There's only crap on Dreamspark. Only RC version or full version but 32bits only.

Anthonyd said,
There's only crap on Dreamspark. Only RC version or full version but 32bits only.

I've had it on my dreamspark (not premium) for 2 or 3 days now

Anthonyd said,
There's only crap on Dreamspark. Only RC version or full version but 32bits only.
I've had RTM Professional on Dreamspark Premium for 2 weeks now.

DrakeN2k said,
DID THEY SAY WHEN IT BE OUT ON DREAMSPARK ! WHY AM I SHOUTING OH WAIT !

Visual Studio 2012 Professional has been on Dream Spark for probably the last 2 weeks or so. I got it right before classes started at the end of last month.