Microsoft: No word on Visual Studio 2013 launch date yet

On Wednesday, Microsoft revealed that the final version of Windows 8.1, along with Windows Server 2012 R2, would be made available to the general public on Oct. 18. Both operating systems currently have preview versions available to download and were first made available on June 26, the first day of Microsoft's BUILD 2013 conference.

Microsoft also released the first preview version of Visual Studio 2013 on that same day, so it was a bit of a surprise to not get a release date for the final version of Microsoft's software development tools alongside the Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 dates on Wednesday. We contacted Microsoft for comment and received this response from a company representative:

We announced at TechEd that VS 2013 will release later this year and it’s currently available in Preview here. We have not provided a more specific release date but we are continuing to make good progress on finishing up the release. With Windows general availability in October, we’ll be working to ensure developers have the tools they need to support those releases. Stay tuned for more specifics.

Last year, Microsoft announced the release date for Visual Studio 2012 when Windows 8, RT and Windows Server 2012 reached the RTM stage. It's possible that Microsoft will wait until Windows 8.1 signs off on the RTM build before offering a date for the final version of Visual Studio 2013.

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CygnusOrion said,
It will come with 24-hour check-in and always on listening Kinect ROFL!

when you pay $13k for a single visual studio license, you'd think they'd want to watch it's usage...... but when you pay that much for it..... you don't want them to do anything like that!

There are enhancements in 2013 beyond support for Modern apps. Seems to be a bit faster and it has better support for asynchronous debugging and a number of other improvements.

I personally have the same feeling as I have no general interest in making Modern apps, however I will probably pick it up and make one or two apps for no other reason than being able to say I know how on my resume.

Modern apps? I'm not. My company's main client is only just starting to move from XP to Windows 7... It's extremely unlikely we'll EVER need to redevelop any of our products for the Modern UI...

Hell, most of the modules in our product are still in VB6... It works, so our client sees no need to rewrite just for the sake of it.

scumdogmillionaire said,
I would say Edit and Continue for 64 bit apps is quite the large feature.
64 bit apps is a fairly rare thing though in the corporate world. Still fairly rare to find a 64bit machine in most office settings unless someone specially needed more than 4 gigs of ram on their machine.

Also... setting on a watch on a function return value. I just hope they'll give an option to disable the whole "sign in" thing in Visual Studio. I don't need to develop in the Microsoft cloud...

scumdogmillionaire said,
I would say Edit and Continue for 64 bit apps is quite the large feature.

This alone is a reason why I've been using it every day even though it's still in preview. I also like TFS improvements and the extra splash of color here and there is also nice.

ILikeTobacco said,
....

I don't know what corporate world you come from, but here, we standardize our destkops to one OS, Win7 x64. Doesn't matter if you're in IT, Accounting, or the call center. Everyone has x64. Makes management and patching etc, much simpler to deal with one OS.

I come from the corporate world where you don't upgrade systems unless there is a real reason to. The majority of businesses still use 32 bit systems. Especially financial organizations and large commercial enterprises.

Bamsebjorn said,
Also... setting on a watch on a function return value. I just hope they'll give an option to disable the whole "sign in" thing in Visual Studio. I don't need to develop in the Microsoft cloud...

Agreed.

FloatingFatMan said,
... It works, so our client sees no need to rewrite just for the sake of it.

I see you do not have good business people managing you. There are plenty of 'good reasons' to update software to new runtimes and frameworks. If your business cannot sell future-proofing your solutions, you need a new team. Hell there was never a good reason to upgrade from DOS in many peoples minds, yet here we are today.

deadonthefloor said,

I see you do not have good business people managing you. There are plenty of 'good reasons' to update software to new runtimes and frameworks. If your business cannot sell future-proofing your solutions, you need a new team. Hell there was never a good reason to upgrade from DOS in many peoples minds, yet here we are today.
You'd be surprised at the amount of running FORTRAN, COBOL and antiquated C codebases today. There's simply little value in rewriting working software especially when it's million lines of debugged and tested code. A good read on the topic from Joel Spolsky: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000069.html

deadonthefloor said,

I see you do not have good business people managing you. There are plenty of 'good reasons' to update software to new runtimes and frameworks. If your business cannot sell future-proofing your solutions, you need a new team. Hell there was never a good reason to upgrade from DOS in many peoples minds, yet here we are today.
The majority of WalMart's merchandising and financial databases are run on Cobol which runs on 16 bit machines. Remind us all how it is absolutely necessary to have the most innovative and up to date software to be successful in business. We will wait. Actually no we won't. A "good" business person will not argue to upgrade something just for the sake of upgrading. That costs money. No good manager will upgrade to the most advanced OS/system every time a new one comes out because it is a huge waste of money. That has been proven time and time again so don't bother wasting our time claiming its not true. Spent $1 million on upgrading systems with no other improvement than adding 64bit to the spec list while disrupting all business functions or spend $0 and continue to operate efficiently... doesn't take much though. No good manager/business minded person would ever do something so stupid.

I mean, I've seen plenty of systems in huge corporations running maintained software on hardware that's 20+ years old, or vice versa.

I would say no one uses punch cards any more, but I'm sure someone here would prove me wrong.

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