Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2013 RTM

Microsoft has a bunch of major new software releases to hype today. In addition to Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, the company has announced that the final releases of Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013 are ready for download.

In a new blog post, S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, stated:

There are great new features and capabilities in Visual Studio 2013 for every developer, including innovative editor enhancements such as Peek and CodeLens, diagnostics tools for UI responsiveness and energy consumption, major updates for ASP.NET web development, expanded ALM capabilities with Git support and agile portfolio management, and much, much more.

He added that Visual Studio 2013 can be used, naturally, by developers to make apps for the newly launched Windows 8.1.

While technically, the software can now be downloaded by interested customers, Microsoft is still planning on hosting an official launch event for Visual Studio 2013 on November 13th, where it will go into more detail on the new features and improvements in the tools. Prices for the various SKUs remain the same as they did for the 2012 editions, but if a person owns Visual Studio 2012 Professional, they can buy a Visual Studio Professional 2013 Upgrade for just $99 from November 1st to January 31st, 2014.

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devHead said,
The RTM Express versions are available as well!
But sadly no windows phone version...they're still offering VS Express 2012 for win phone :-(

Hello,

Mr. Dee said,
Can I use it to type Word documents?

Not sure if joking or not, but you can make text documents if you wish. XML included!

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Not sure if joking or not, but you can make text documents if you wish. XML included!

Yes why stop with Word when you can use the OpenXML SDK to produce those office documents.

Jack Musick said,
Now if only we could subscribe to Visual Studio like Creative Cloud.

I much prefer owning my software, ESPECIALLY with development software...

I actually prefer this 99 dollar upgrade pricing, about time they got competitive and if we get yearly updates for 100 bucks that keep adding better C++ / Foundation support that's awesome.

In my case, I'm waiting for Website Spark Admin (which is how I get my VS bits) - Website Spark is aimed at Sitemasters/Sitemistresses (hence it being more limited than Dreamspark, which is aimed more at non-Web developers). Well, the Express versions are available via WS Admin, but nothing above that (as expected).

if a person owns Visual Studio 2012 Professional, they can buy a Visual Studio Professional 2013 Upgrade for just $99 from November 1st to January 31st, 2014

Not really a fan of time-limited upgrade pricing.

virtorio said,

Not really a fan of time-limited upgrade pricing.

Well, it has to go back to regular price at some point... I know I'll be taking advantage of this upgrade. Usually I end up upgrading to every other release, but if they keep running programs like this I would upgrade every release...

Especially with them going to a yearly release, rather than updates...

Why does it have to go back to regular pricing? This is an upgrade edition if you already have 2012. I do not see why an upgrade edition has to go back to regular pricing.

xWhiplash said,
Why does it have to go back to regular pricing? This is an upgrade edition if you already have 2012. I do not see why an upgrade edition has to go back to regular pricing.

Well, there is regular upgrade pricing... This is a special discounted price... Hence, at some point it would have to go back to "regular upgrade pricing"...