Microsoft launches final version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

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After releasing an early version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 in February, Microsoft has now launched the final build for software developers to download right now. Unlike Update 1, which was created mainly to fix bugs in Visual Studio 2013, this new download adds a number of new features to Microsoft's development tool.

In a blog post, Microsoft says that Update 2 adds support for building universal apps that will work in both Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms. In addition, Update 2 finally adds official support for TypeScript, which is Microsoft's extension of JavaScript that's been in development for some time.

In a separate blog, Microsoft exec S. Somasegar writes quite a bit about Visual Studio 2013's new preview support for Apache Cordova, which is an open source platform for making mobile apps. He writes:

With the Cordova tools in Visual Studio, web developers can use their existing skills in HTML and JavaScript to create hybrid packaged apps for multiple devices while taking advantage of each device’s capabilities. These tools support end-to-end development of cross-platform mobile applications targeting Android, iOS, Windows and Windows Phone using Visual Studio.

Microsoft has also improved Visual Studio 2013's diagnostic tools, including a way to see all the information on a shared timeline.

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Visual Studio should be free. You can not ask YOUR DEVELOPERS to pay for even the tool that is used for developing. Such shortsighted policies have put Microsoft behind. In the old world when Microsoft was a monopoly it worked. Now things have changed.

Samir Shah_348581 said,
Visual Studio should be free. You can not ask YOUR DEVELOPERS to pay for even the tool that is used for developing. Such shortsighted policies have put Microsoft behind. In the old world when Microsoft was a monopoly it worked. Now things have changed.

It is free.

This update really takes forever... I can't wait to play around with it once it finishes... :)

Just don't start this update if you've got a looming deadline... lol

So many good news and updates about .NET this year. It's a very refreshing and encouraging turn of events; the last several years were quite depressing for .NET developers. Remember when people wondered if the whole platform was dead? Today still, typing "Is .NET" in Google gives me "Is .NET dead" as first suggestion.

Andre S. said,
So many good news and updates about .NET this year. It's a very refreshing and encouraging turn of events; the last several years were quite depressing for .NET developers. Remember when people wondered if the whole platform was dead? Today still, typing "Is .NET" in Google gives me "Is .NET dead" as first suggestion.

Really? the suggestion list google gives me is

.NET Framework
.NET Framework 4.0
.NET Framework 4.5

nothing about is dead

trojan_market said,
This is pretty awesome. does any one knows more detail about cordova integration? will MS provide support for apps build based on it?

Channel9.msdn.com

Watch the sessions, they'll be up in a few days.

I'm confused.

There's a 1.7MB web installer, which just gets the install going and downloads the bulk of what you need, assuming you already have VS2013 installed.

There's a 3.5GB ISO image of VS2013 with Update 2 already integrated into it.

What I'm looking for is an offline installer for the update only--ie, I already have 2013 installed on a few machines (this rules out the ISO), but only want to apply the update to them without re-downloading the same bits over and over (this rules out the web installer).

My ISO for Premium is nearly 3GB. Update 1, which I've downloaded in March, is 251MB. Where's the equivalent file for Update 2?

Max Norris said,
Full update.. not much smaller than the integrated ISO.. lots added to it.
http://download.microsoft.com/...9-090ED3E49C7C/vs2013.2.iso

As I've found out, it turns out this 3.5GB ISO *is* the update only, not the image of VS2013 with Update 2 slipstreamed into it.

I can't imagine that installing a 3.5GB update on a bunch of different machines that already have VS2013 is going to be any faster than doing a clean install...especially if past history is any indication.

_dandy_ said,
I can't imagine that installing a 3.5GB update on a bunch of different machines that already have VS2013 is going to be any faster than doing a clean install...especially if past history is any indication.

Yea, it's a huge update. But if you've already got a bunch of extensions, components, languages, set up how you like etc etc already installed into it you won't have to do all that again with the upgrade versus a clean install. My setup for example has quite a lot added to it, that's easily a lot longer than installing just the update, throw on the massive help files, etc, ugh pass. I'll do the update.. eventually, will wait a bit till I'm sure my third party stuff is good to go with it.

_dandy_ said,

As I've found out, it turns out this 3.5GB ISO *is* the update only, not the image of VS2013 with Update 2 slipstreamed into it.

I can't imagine that installing a 3.5GB update on a bunch of different machines that already have VS2013 is going to be any faster than doing a clean install...especially if past history is any indication.

SSD is your friend. VS2013 was taking hour and maybe more to install on a HDD for me. When I installed it on a SSD, it finished in a dozen or so minutes.

elenarie said,
SSD is your friend. VS2013 was taking hour and maybe more to install on a HDD for me. When I installed it on a SSD, it finished in a dozen or so minutes.

Sweet, how many SSDs can you buy me and ship to my place? I have 3 VMs running VS2013, totaling 157GB worth of space, so leaving room for growth, I guess just a 240GB one will do. Thanks, man!

I've just been holding off for a while. The first clean update with some new features sounds like a nice stable milestone worth the upgrade.