Visual Studio 2013 announced, preview available for download now

Microsoft’s BUILD conference is a developer event, full stop. The keynote and sessions are designed specifically to help developers build applications for all of the Windows platforms that take full advantage all the features of the many Windows platforms offer.

Announced at BUILD today is that a preview version of Visual Studio 2013 is available for download. This announcement aligns to Microsoft’s rapid release schedule and continues the rapid release cycle we have already seen from the Visual Studio team.

The new version of VS 2013 brings 5000 new APIs and a really cool power management feature. By running this new feature, you can actually see the power consumption of your application to help you optimize it for extended battery life.

You can download the new preview at the source link below but as always, the product is not the final version of the software and should not be used on a production machine.

Download: VS 2013 Preview

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I've been playing with Visual Studio 2013 last night and the debugging of 64-bit applications has become a lot better. I'm not really fond of this whole sign-in thing, basicly trying to shove Team Foundation through our throats.
I will not, ever, save my source code in the cloud. I use SVN on a private server.

I've got to admit, I am still using VS 2010 with .NET 4.0. Maybe this fast upgrade cycle will eventually get me to sign up for MSDN.

Ugh, that looks like ass. Guess I won't worry about downloading that. Is this a new theme or just an alternative to the massively white VS 2012 (or maybe it was an alternative in 2012 as well, didn't use it much)? Seems like Microsoft is the masters of horrible UIs these days.

AJerman said,
Ugh, that looks like ass. Guess I won't worry about downloading that. Is this a new theme or just an alternative to the massively white VS 2012 (or maybe it was an alternative in 2012 as well, didn't use it much)? Seems like Microsoft is the masters of horrible UIs these days.

That's just the dark theme.... there is also bright and blue (similar to VS2010)

Max Norris said,

So change how it looks, you've been able to do that for some years now.

I've been out of development for several years now (moved to test instead) so I wasn't aware. I knew the screenshots of 2012 went bleach white, I figured this was an optional theme for a darker version. I wish they would have left VS out of their theming shenanigans. I guess a lot of devs like dark UIs though. Never understood the appeal myself, but I guess it's better than the white out theme. I just can't help but think that MS has tried so hard to use this flat color look in an effort to look more minimalistic, and yet they miss the mark by so much each time that it looks even more cluttered and less minimal in the end. I guess since it all drove me away from using Microsoft products I don't get the opportunity to complain anymore though.

I'm gonna give it a download and see if there is a theme that looks better once it's installed. Still got my work laptop on Windows 7 just because I don't trust IBM's equivalent Linux software.

great... VS2013 already violates our corporate use policy... why does it want us to sign in with a Microsoft account... I don't care about "syncing" my settings across devices.... just the sight of a "sign in" button in MS programs lately makes our security officers cringe due to some of the sensitive data we work with...

neufuse said,
great... VS2013 already violates our corporate use policy... why does it want us to sign in with a Microsoft account... I don't care about "syncing" my settings across devices.... just the sight of a "sign in" button in MS programs lately makes our security officers cringe due to some of the sensitive data we work with...

Didn't you know, the NSA wants all your details, windows 8 requires you to have a microsoft account too, one of the reasons i don't use it.

Jan said,
Windows 8 doesn't require you to use a Microsoft Account.

I'm not talking about Win8... talking about visual studio and their urging you to sign into your MS account now in visual studio....

xWhiplash said,
I thought VS 2010 had upgrade editions.

Well it looks like I will be spending another $500 then.

when we upgraded ours we were told by our licenseing people that there was no upgrades, only MSDN upgrades, and without MSDN was a new version only *shrugs*

the odd thing, it seems like they are slowly starting to add color back into visual studio after removing most of it in 2012... the toolbar icons are getting more colorful... other glyphs are getting more color...

You know I sent a news tip about this 1 hour and 30 minute ago roughly.. It is also available on MSDN and TechNet.

A lot of news came out today and we publish, typically, in 30 minute spans so we don't flood the front page; this post has been done for some time. We appreciate the tip but no need to get snarky.

Edited by bdsams, Jun 26 2013, 6:08pm :

I disagree. I think newer is always better when it comes to these development softwares. Besides, if Windows is moving to a fast-based yearly schedule, why shouldn't the dev software? It only makes sense.

Side-note: Just download 2012 Express two days ago and I'm already upgrading! Downloading now

If it is at the same price? Yes, it seriously is too fast.

I imagine we will see VS become like Office 365 with subscriptions

It's not nearly as sensible when you have to consider run time requirements and customer interaction.

They also screwed over C++ developers who were promised full C++11 support in a later 2012 patch but then back tracked on that and now you'll only get it with 2013.

Also, Visual Studio isn't cheap. Upgrading yearly can be costly if you're not already on an MSDN subscription (which is, of course, costly as well)

LogicalApex said,
I can't help, but feel like a yearly VS release is too fast...

I update a lot of my tools I use with Visual studio monthly, so yearly isn't bad... only problem is the 3rd party tool providers need to keep up to speed also...

NinjaZidane said,
If it is at the same price? Yes, it seriously is too fast.

I imagine we will see VS become like Office 365 with subscriptions

If you are buying Visual Studio with MSDN (which most are if pro or higher) you have a year of free upgrades.. and if you do what we do and buy multi year subscriptions for cheaper you get more upgrades... ala software assurance actually working for once

NinjaZidane said,
If it is at the same price? Yes, it seriously is too fast.

I imagine we will see VS become like Office 365 with subscriptions

It reached that point long ago for the majority of MS tools based developers. Almost all have MSDN which is renewed annually and includes VS as the base.

LogicalApex said,
I can't help, but feel like a yearly VS release is too fast...

they needed a new release to have native support for xbox one and windows 8.1.

torrentthief said,

they needed a new release to have native support for xbox one and windows 8.1.

I feel a SP would have done better. Otherwise, you end up with needing not only to upgrade VS, but all of our 3rd party tooling. Then there is the approval process internally on the VS version swap and etc.

LogicalApex said,

I feel a SP would have done better. Otherwise, you end up with needing not only to upgrade VS, but all of our 3rd party tooling. Then there is the approval process internally on the VS version swap and etc.

the thing I always hatted the most was how SQL Server tools and VS were tied in away with the business intelligence stuff, but they lately seem to of ripped those out into their own one version behind copy of visual studio (ala SQL Server 2010 uses VS2010 IDE for its BI, not VS2012)... we use to have all our BI projects in the same solutions as our Programs to keep them tied together until they started doing this...

Agreed.

Although, didn't SQL Server 2012 come out slightly before VS 2012? Maybe they used 2010 so they could ship it when they did.

NateB1 said,
Agreed.

Although, didn't SQL Server 2012 come out slightly before VS 2012? Maybe they used 2010 so they could ship it when they did.

This has been an issue for me too. Something else that has bothered me, is that with each release the most current release is slower than the previous one. There is a noticeable difference in speed between SQL Server tools for 2008 R2 and 2012. Most notably, they take longer to launch, and the menus aren't as responsive, amongst other things.
Oh well.

LogicalApex said,
I can't help, but feel like a yearly VS release is too fast...

I have to agree. SP's or Updates is one thing, but moving to a completely new version is another matter entirely and far from simple for a lot of people.

NateB1 said,
Agreed.

Although, didn't SQL Server 2012 come out slightly before VS 2012? Maybe they used 2010 so they could ship it when they did.

Yeah but 2014 uses the same VS2010 shell too... Very annoying

LogicalApex said,
I can't help, but feel like a yearly VS release is too fast...

Ditto; I understand the necessity but I have a pantload of third party components and tools installed along with it, that's an awful lot to reinstall and reconfigure, assuming the third parties have caught up to begin with. I'm actually in a pretty good place with 2012, probably staying with that for a while.

Let's hope they make the upgrade process more seamless with such accelerated release schedule. After all they are not introducing such radical changes in UI or back end so hopefully most third party plugins and extensions will continue to function as designed.