Microsoft releases second major Visual Studio 2012 update

Microsoft formally launched Visual Studio 2012 in September, and released its first major software update in November. Today, Microsoft released the second major update for the Windows software development tool, adding a number of new features.

In a post on the official Visual Studio blog, S. Somasegar, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Developer Division, says one of the new features will allow easier ways for agile teams to organize their planning, "... in particular around adapting to a team’s preferences and work styles." It also adds web-based access to the Test Case Management tools in Microsoft's Team Foundation Server.

Developers who are making Windows 8 and Windows RT apps will have some more features to work with in this new update. Somasegar states:

For example, VS2012.1 included a new memory profiling tool for apps implemented with JavaScript, enabling developers to better understand the memory usage of their apps, to find and fix leaks, and so forth; for VS2012.2, we continued to invest in improved diagnostics for JavaScript apps with a new profiling tool that helps diagnose UI responsiveness issues and latency in visual updates.  This release also incorporates the latest version of the Windows App Certification Kit.

The new update also adds in more support for the creation of line-of-busines apps. A full change log of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 can be found at Microsoft's website.

Source: Visual Studio blog | Image via Microsoft

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Finally a good UI theme! (Not that it hasn't been provided via an add-in for quite some time now.) Seems even the VS team finally understood that greyscale is not an appropriate theme...

Now if only the Windows and Office divisions would understand in time of the "Blue" update...

BTW: I hope that Update 3 finally brings new C++11 support like in the CTP...

Memory profiling of Javascript apps on VS? I'd prefer it if MS instead focused this effort on IE dev tools - where the world really needs it. They need web devs to embrace IE but it's really hard given how backward the dev tools are.

sht00 said,
Memory profiling of Javascript apps on VS? I'd prefer it if MS instead focused this effort on IE dev tools - where the world really needs it. They need web devs to embrace IE but it's really hard given how backward the dev tools are.

Well since you can use js to make metro apps then it should be in VS as well.

MidTxWRX said,
How big is the offline installation?

Fairly large, unlike the web based installer it'll download everything for all the locales, etc. The /layout download is aprox 1.8GB.

Max Norris said,

Fairly large, unlike the web based installer it'll download everything for all the locales, etc. The /layout download is aprox 1.8GB.

Thank you

I'm happy MS is finally releasing updates again for VS in a timely manner... the past few versions it felt like they just didn't care... I remember when VS had service packs! haven't seen those in a long time.... these at least are close to that...

Long time my @ss, VS2010 also had an SP1, VS2012 is the first one that apparently won't have it, only "updates" instead.

bviktor said,
Long time my @ss, VS2010 also had an SP1, VS2012 is the first one that apparently won't have it, only "updates" instead.

what that was, wasn't a real SP... MS never fixed a lot of the real issues with the VS2010 IDE...

Any good tutorials/reads on Visual C#? I have a cohort who suggested I learn to program in that to get a good basis for learning PowerShell. Problem is, I never cared for programming, but I'm willing to learn C# if it makes learning PS easier.

briangw said,
Any good tutorials/reads on Visual C#? I have a cohort who suggested I learn to program in that to get a good basis for learning PowerShell. Problem is, I never cared for programming, but I'm willing to learn C# if it makes learning PS easier.

It's a few years old now, but Petzold worked for me. Very clearly written, and plenty of 'why' as well as just the 'what'. Spent a very happy month on a hill in Italy with Petzold, my Thinkpad laptop, and plenty of good Italian red. I recommend them all, including Petzold.

sat2012 said,

Ive heard many people criticize Bucky Roberts, but I would say that, overall, his tutorials are fantastic.

They're basic enough to get you to at least understand some of the language and he's a great at lecturing/talking.

I've used his videos on C++ to help me with my Intro to Programming class in college.

Sweet, loving 2012 and TFS.. a little heavy but definitely my favorite IDE on any platform, the excellent third party tools just push it way over the top.

Visual Studio is so much better than any other IDE. I've recently been having the displeasure of having to develop on Linux for a college project and it's just so much more hassle.

Totally agree Now if only the rest their awesome services/apps got the same (or similar) update cycle we'd all be happy... lol