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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