Microsoft Visual Studio 11 beta released

It's been a very busy 24 hours for Microsoft as far as new software releases are concerned. It has launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version earlier today as well as the Windows Server 8 beta. A few hours ago, it also launched its free-to-play flight simulator game Microsoft Flight. Now Microsoft can add the beta version of its Visual Studio 11 software development tool.

As promised a few days ago, Microsoft has now launched the beta for Visual Studio 11 at its official web site. Technically Visual Studio 11 is a code name for what Microsoft will likely call Visual Studio 2012 when the final version is released. The software development tool has a number of new features. One of the most controversial changes, as least going by the comments from developers on the Visual Studio blog site, is the decision to eliminate the use of color in the graphics "except in cases where color is used for notification or status change purposes."

Visual Studio 11 also cuts down on the number of commands that appear on the default version of the program's user interface. It also has improved search features, adds Preview Tabs and uses what Microsoft calls workflow hubs to allow developers to work on programs via a single window. Of course, Visual Studio 11 has full Windows 8 support.

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Weird... Can't get this to install at all on the Win 8 CP running on a virtual machine. The installer just stops responding right after launching it...

Multithreaded XAML designer, nice addition! Terrific to be able to start working on files while the UI designer is still loading the UI preview.

Installed it. I hate the colorless icons in Solution Explorer and add file dialog.

Also hate the colorless intellisense... members vs. methods are too hard to distinguish.

rev23dev said,
Installed it. I hate the colorless icons in Solution Explorer and add file dialog.

Also hate the colorless intellisense... members vs. methods are too hard to distinguish.


Text editor colors can be changed.

Time to migrate the work from my copy of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview to the Beta... Specifically, stuff related to the game I'm making... (& maybe I'll keep that app I never finished for my website...)

Daniel_Pooh said,
Can you learn to program stuff with this in 24 hours or so? Is it really THAT visual? Or is it worth it more to learn C++?

C++ is one of the languages it supports...

Daniel_Pooh said,
Can you learn to program stuff with this in 24 hours or so? Is it really THAT visual? Or is it worth it more to learn C++?

Visual only means it has a visual GUI designer that's all Visual has ever ment... take for example, C++ was all text, until Visual C++ came out which had GUI desingers integrated into it's IDE... doesn't mean the language is visual, just that it has tools that work visually to create GUI's and to do somet stuff like Class modeling with UML diagrams etc...

Please tell me I'm not the only one finding it harder to find files and objects in the browser windows now that the are all black images... colors do help you distinguish stuff faster not just by its design

Dinggus said,
I remember programming in VB6 for AOL Progams, lol. Never liked anything after VB6 though.

What does that have to do with VS?

HawkMan said,

What does that have to do with VS?

VB6 kinda looked like this hidious mess color wise, black icons etc... and Visual Basic is part of Visual studio... so kinda related

Dinggus said,
I remember programming in VB6 for AOL Progams, lol. Never liked anything after VB6 though.

Was there really something there that made you laught out loud, or were you just using "lol" as punctuation?

Skwerl said,

Was there really something there that made you laught out loud, or were you just using "lol" as punctuation?

Maybe he's cheerful? You know, as in "smile, be happy"?

Skwerl said,

Was there really something there that made you laught out loud, or were you just using "lol" as punctuation?

Was there really a reason to question why I added "lol"? Maybe it brought back memories of me learning to program and the VB class that I was in?

In real life, would you question someone why they laughed after a statement?

Dinggus said,

Was there really a reason to question why I added "lol"? Maybe it brought back memories of me learning to program and the VB class that I was in?

In real life, would you question someone why they laughed after a statement?


You know what they say... When you lack of an argument, go for the throat!

glyfz said,
Looks hideous.

How so? It's seems to have no distinctive look to speak of - which is exactly what I look for in an IDE. This will probably be the first version of visual studio I'll use as my general IDE (ie. to do web dev stuff). Previous versions were so garish and distracting.

glyfz said,
Looks hideous.

I agree, that's why I suggested this in UserVoice:

Go All-In with a Zune + Office 15 Metro UI
http://visualstudio.uservoice....style-metro-ui-see-my-makeo

Follow the comments. For your convenience, here is the progress of the discussion about how to go about this:

Screenshot from the VS 11 Blog: http://i.imgur.com/HXSDk.png

Screenshot Makeovers using Zune and Office 15 as inspiration:

V1: http://i.imgur.com/Dh0zV.png
V2: http://i.imgur.com/SHHrj.png
V3: http://i.imgur.com/WqrLI.png
V4: http://i.imgur.com/VL1Qd.png
V5: Coming Soon

Please vote for my UserVoice Request! http://visualstudio.uservoice....style-metro-ui-see-my-makeo

Better late than never (posting this news bit... although the links have been live since 9am EST).