Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 now available

Alongside the launch of Windows 8 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers today, Microsoft has also released Visual Studio 2012, the latest version of its popular software development tool, for subscribers of both services.

In a blog post today, S. Somasegar, (yes, that is his name) the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, stated:

With Visual Studio 2012, we’re delivering a productive and powerful development experience, one that makes it easy to develop on your own or as part of a collaborative team, all the while building apps that target the latest platforms.  The interesting question for every developer out there is - what app will you build today?

The company still plans to hold a more formal online launch event for Visual Studio 2012 on September 12th. Microsoft has yet to reveal any more details other than the date.

Somasegar also announced today that Microsoft has released Blend for Visual Studio 2012, this software program will give developers a way to make apps specifically for Windows 8 that are written in XAML and in HTML. Also available to download is a preview version of Blend + SketchFlow Preview for Visual Studio 2012 for making apps with WPF version 3.5/4.0/4.5, Silverlight 4.0/5.

Source: Visual Studio blog | Image via Microsoft

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I usually flip on the full-screen feature for VS when developing, and use keyboard shortcuts as much as humanly possible. I haven't gotten a HEADACHE from the ALL-CAPS MENU ITEMS. I did switch to the dark theme because the light one also causes headaches for being too bright. Its not bad though.

Overall I'm pleased with VS2012.

I find it amusing how lots of people complain about the "brightness" of the new Office and Visual Studio. Well, guess what, they are perfectly fine - under normal conditions. I.e. daylight or correctly lighted room. Which should be what you use your PC in, otherwise you'll suffer from serious eye damage in the long run.

So all those basement geeks who keep staring at their monitors in night dark should get out and get used to sunlight.

Rant over.

Colin McGregor said,
Too bright lol. First thing i did when i finished installing was Tool > Options then switch to dark theme.

I'm trying to get used to the dark theme right now. Seems pretty good so far...

scumdogmillionaire said,

I'm trying to get used to the dark theme right now. Seems pretty good so far...

AND IN MY OPINION, THEY SHOULD HAVE JUST MADE THE BLACK THEME THE DEFAULT, BECAUSE THE GRAY ONE LOOKS CRAPPY AND BORING.

Does anyone know if or when Microsoft will publish keys for WMC on msdn ? Or are we supposed to test wmc stuff with an unactivated copy of the os ?

I'M GLAD THEIR MODERN INTERFACE DESIGN INCLUDES INCREDIBLY HARD TO READ AND ARCHAIC ALL CAPS MENU BAR CHOICES. WHY DO THEY FEEL THE NEED TO YELL?

SoCalRox said,
I'M GLAD THEIR MODERN INTERFACE DESIGN INCLUDES INCREDIBLY HARD TO READ AND ARCHAIC ALL CAPS MENU BAR CHOICES. WHY DO THEY FEEL THE NEED TO YELL?

Hard to read? Lol... I'm not having trouble, must be something wrong with your eyes or your brain

I find the caps hard to read, and the fact it's just the menu items (why not the toolbar buttons or the text in the tabs?) makes it look doubly stupid.

SoCalRox said,
I'M GLAD THEIR MODERN INTERFACE DESIGN INCLUDES INCREDIBLY HARD TO READ AND ARCHAIC ALL CAPS MENU BAR CHOICES. WHY DO THEY FEEL THE NEED TO YELL?

THEY ARE READABLE BECAUSE OF SHORT MENU WORDS.

BUT YEAH, IT'S TERRIBLE, NO EFFORT PUT ON MAKING THOSE ALL CAPS AS GOOD-LOOKING AS IN THE ZUNE APP. NOT ALL-CAPS ARE THE SAME, AND CERTAINLY, THE ALL-CAPS ON VISUAL STUDIO 2012 IS SO UGLY AND AWKWARD, SO UNNECESSARY.

FOR AN APP THAT HAS SO MANY TOP-LEVEL MENUS AND BASEMENT-DEEPS OF SUB-MENUS AND DIALOGS, I'D RATHER THEM IMPLEMENT A RIBBON UI, COMPLETE KEYBOARD SUPPORT, AND TAKE ALL THE FEATURES OF RESHARPER.

thenonhacker said,

THEY ARE READABLE BECAUSE OF SHORT MENU WORDS.

BUT YEAH, IT'S TERRIBLE, NO EFFORT PUT ON MAKING THOSE ALL CAPS AS GOOD-LOOKING AS IN THE ZUNE APP. NOT ALL-CAPS ARE THE SAME, AND CERTAINLY, THE ALL-CAPS ON VISUAL STUDIO 2012 IS SO UGLY AND AWKWARD, SO UNNECESSARY.

FOR AN APP THAT HAS SO MANY TOP-LEVEL MENUS AND BASEMENT-DEEPS OF SUB-MENUS AND DIALOGS, I'D RATHER THEM IMPLEMENT A RIBBON UI, COMPLETE KEYBOARD SUPPORT, AND TAKE ALL THE FEATURES OF RESHARPER.

Wait, wait. Are you REALLY b*tchin' about like 10 words in the product? 1st world problem right there.

bviktor said,

Wait, wait. Are you REALLY b*tchin' about like 10 words in the product? 1st world problem right there.

DID YOU KNOW THAT ALL RESERVED WORDS OF C# WILL IN ALL-CAPS, TOO? CAN'T WAIT!

yeah, I wonder how much devs/businesses will be interested in it if you have almost no backwards compatibility for your new apps I think I'll pass this easily with no regrets

sir West said,
yeah, I wonder how much devs/businesses will be interested in it if you have almost no backwards compatibility for your new apps I think I'll pass this easily with no regrets

? Visual Studio 2012 still creates desktop and native Win32 applications, it's not Metro only.

sir West said,
yeah, I wonder how much devs/businesses will be interested in it if you have almost no backwards compatibility for your new apps I think I'll pass this easily with no regrets

Uneducated trolls gotta troll

~Johnny said,

? Visual Studio 2012 still creates desktop and native Win32 applications, it's not Metro only.


Only partially true. MFC and other libraries have been made incompatible with Windows versions prior to Vista!

MFH said,

Only partially true. MFC and other libraries have been made incompatible with Windows versions prior to Vista!

Good!

MFH said,

Only partially true. MFC and other libraries have been made incompatible with Windows versions prior to Vista!

why would they want new software for an outdated OS?
it will only delay the inevitable.

grayscale said,

why would they want new software for an outdated OS?
it will only delay the inevitable.

You may ask that all the angry posters on the VC Blog after that hit the news...

MFH said,

You may ask that all the angry posters on the VC Blog after that hit the news...

How inconsiderate of MS to remove support for an OS that they removed support for lol

Colin McGregor said,

How inconsiderate of MS to remove support for an OS that they removed support for lol


How nice of them to actually thinking about adding the support back in one of the first updates...

bviktor said,

So what? Mine is citation instead of just ranting.


Who was ranting? I don't give a s*** about XP...

Max Norris said,

And can be turned off.

But why would you turn it off ? MS speak in the name of god when it comes to UI design. Anyway that's what i learned here ...