Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 completed; launches Sept. 12th

It's been a pretty big day at Microsoft in terms of completing big software projects. In addition to finishing the RTM versions of Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012, the company has also signed off on the final version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

In a post on the official Visual Studio blog, Microsoft said that the final build of Visual Studio 2012 will be made available for MSDN subscribers on August 15th. That also comes with a free one year developer account for the Windows Store feature in Windows 8.

Microsoft plans to formally launch Visual Studio 2012 on September 12th with an online launch event; details of that event have yet to be announced.

Earlier this summer, Microsoft made a number of Windows software developers upset when the company announced that its free Visual Studio 2012 Express software would not contain support to make desktop applications. A few weeks after this was revealed, Microsoft did an about face and decided to add desktop app support for Visual Studio 2012 Express after all.

Microsoft also originally went with a more monochromatic style for the Visual Studio 2012 UI. Again, after getting feedback from developers, Microsoft made the user interface more colorful in later versions.

Source: Visual Studio 2012 blog | Image via Microsoft

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Kind of stinks their is still no native webdav support! I have bugged this on connect since Visual Studio 2003 and still no love.

I'd have thought that the would have at least lower-cased the menu text again, given the resounding negative feedback it received. The whole package looks awful IMO.

Majesticmerc said,
I'd have thought that the would have at least lower-cased the menu text again, given the resounding negative feedback it received. The whole package looks awful IMO.

Adjustable via a registry setting or an addon. I would suspect the IDE palette addon is going to be updated for 2012 as well so you can recolor the thing to your hearts content too.

Majesticmerc said,
I'd have thought that the would have at least lower-cased the menu text again, given the resounding negative feedback it received. The whole package looks awful IMO.

It's never bothered me a bit.

Olu Daniel said,
I hope there is an ARM version to run on Windows 8 RT.

Nope. It was announced long ago that Visual Studio would be x86 / x64 only

so VS2012 will be on MSDN, but what is the licenseing for this? if we have an active MSDN account are we licensed for VS2012? We got MSDN with our Visual studio 2010 software when we upgraded to it this past year, are we licensed for VS2012? or do we have to repurchase this?

neufuse said,
so VS2012 will be on MSDN, but what is the licenseing for this? if we have an active MSDN account are we licensed for VS2012? We got MSDN with our Visual studio 2010 software when we upgraded to it this past year, are we licensed for VS2012? or do we have to repurchase this?

MSDN licenses are subscription-based, which means you have license to use anything available for development/testing purposes as long as your subscription is active.

Nice! Well before Windows 8. Hopefully it should hit Dreamspark before December so I get it before I finish my studies.