Microsoft to officially launch Visual Studio 2013 on Nov. 13

We've been waiting to hear from Microsoft about a launch date for Visual Studio 2013 for some time and this week we finally got an answer. The company has revealed it will hold a virtual launch event for the software development tool on November 13th.

While Microsoft is promoting that date as the official release for the software, ZDNet.com reports that MSDN subscribers can download the RTM version on October 18th, the same day Windows 8.1 launches. Visual Studio 2013 will go on sale via volume licensing customers on November 1st and from retail resellers sometime soon after that date, though nothing specific was announced.

The various SKUs will keep the same prices as the current Visual Studio 2012 versions. However, people who own Visual Studio 2012 Professional will be able to purchase a Visual Studio Professional 2013 Upgrade. From November 1st to January 31st, 2014, the price for the upgrade will be $99. After January 31st, the price goes up to $299.

In related news, Microsoft has updated the Visual Studio blog with a look back into recent history at the various start pages that have been developed for the software and a look at the start page for Visual Studio 2013. Microsoft states:

In Visual Studio 2013 we aimed for a cleaner look to the start page that makes the acquisition of information easier. The videos in Premium and Ultimate, for example, use easier to see icons that group related topics. Videos are surfaced through an RSS feed that we can update new videos that could previously only be done as part of a Visual Studio Update.

The start page also uses the system’s default browser instead of the one in Visual Studio for the first time.

Source: Microsoft and ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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Why not release the retail version around the same time as 8.1 retail?

On other note, looking forward to it.

Riva said,
What? 64-bit debugging has always been there unless I am missing somehting

On 64-bit applications you can use breakpoints or see where exceptions are triggered but you can't perform any change to the code. See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visual...-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx

If only they finally completed the .NET framework garbage collection that feature wouldn't be required that much... it's been 10 years already and .NET still leaves the large objects heap (LOH) fragmented, so eventually your application will always run out of space unless you obsessively always reuse the same variables or split all the large variables into smaller (80kb) arrays. Unbelievable, not even Java has such kinds of issues. JAVA!!

Riva said,
OK so its edit and continue under 64-bit you are after and not debugging

I know (it's even written on that page). I said debugging because it's like not having debugging at all without that.

francescob said,
But I need it now! NOW!!! The lack of 64bit debugging is killing me

Get the RC - it works quite well. The preview was a little buggy but I've been using the RC daily since it came out. Edit and continue has been a god send. Wish it worked with full IIS but I'm ok with using IIS Express just to be able to do that.

Obry said,

Get the RC - it works quite well. The preview was a little buggy but I've been using the RC daily since it came out. Edit and continue has been a god send. Wish it worked with full IIS but I'm ok with using IIS Express just to be able to do that.

I had enough nightmares when upgrading previous betas/release candidates to never attempt installing one again.

Robert Sundström said,
Debugging support for 64-bit Edit and Continue in Visual Studio 2013

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visual...-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx


That's the same link I posted above