Visual Studio 2013 RC1 reportedly leaked

While various versions of Windows 8.1 have been leaked to the Internet in the past several months, including the most recent RTM build, there's a new report that claims the first release candidate version of Visual Studio 2013 has found its way onto pirate download sites as well.

The report comes from Winbeta.org, and while the story doesn't list any download links it does report that the build number for Visual Studio 2013 RC1 is 12.0.20824.1. It also claims that the build was released by well known Russian leaker WZOR.

Microsoft has already released a preview version of Visual Studio 2013, allowing software developers some hands on time with a close-to-final build of the company's latest edition of its software creation tools. However, Microsoft has been quiet about when the final version of the tools will be released. Officially, Microsoft is saying only that Visual Studio 2013 will be officially launched sometime before the end of 2013.

When the final version is released, developers can look forward to a number of new features, including a new "heads up display" designed to give programmers a number of different indicators that will automatically pop up to assist them in the coding of their projects.

Source: Winbeta.org | Image via Microsoft

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I can confirm the leakage - in fact, I have it installed. The Remote Tools and heads-up display are for working away from the computer hosting the tools, or remote debugging (such as debugging something running in a VM). If you use Hyper-V in development (and I see major advantages to doing so), the Remote Tools would be a major plus.

Does anybody have an article about the heads up display? It sounds interesting for me but it's not really clear to me from this article.

What a depressing/bland theme. Anyone agree? Reminds me of the High Contrast themes that used to be in Windows.

68k said,
What a depressing/bland theme. Anyone agree? Reminds me of the High Contrast themes that used to be in Windows.

If you spend the whole day coding you'd appreciate it a lot. The first thing I do when setting up a new dev virtual machine is to switch to the dark theme. I don't want to look at some bright, flashy UI all day - this is 10x easier on the eyes. This is also how Photoshop and many other professional software tools look like. You're obviously not a developer and don't use Visual Studio so why bash it?

Ditto that, the darker theme is much easier on the eyes, prefer it in VS, IntelliJ, etc. Hopefully the 2013 version is a bit more complete than 2012's, a few dialogs were missed. But if white's your thing, that's still available out of the box, and with the one addon you can color it any way you want.

Obry said,

If you spend the whole day coding you'd appreciate it a lot. The first thing I do when setting up a new dev virtual machine is to switch to the dark theme. I don't want to look at some bright, flashy UI all day - this is 10x easier on the eyes. This is also how Photoshop and many other professional software tools look like. You're obviously not a developer and don't use Visual Studio so why bash it?

I do occasionally develop. I've been using NetBeans, and am more of a fan of its theme (which is similar to older versions of Visual Studio).

Max Norris said,
But if white's your thing, that's still available out of the box, and with the one addon you can color it any way you want.

Yay!

Edited by 68k, Sep 3 2013, 1:38am :

Max Norris said,
Ditto that, the darker theme is much easier on the eyes, prefer it in VS, IntelliJ, etc. Hopefully the 2013 version is a bit more complete than 2012's, a few dialogs were missed. But if white's your thing, that's still available out of the box, and with the one addon you can color it any way you want.

This extension exists for 2010 and 2012 as well. Dark Expressions theme works pretty good in 2010 here.

Obry said,

If you spend the whole day coding you'd appreciate it a lot. The first thing I do when setting up a new dev virtual machine is to switch to the dark theme. I don't want to look at some bright, flashy UI all day - this is 10x easier on the eyes. This is also how Photoshop and many other professional software tools look like. You're obviously not a developer and don't use Visual Studio so why bash it?


In a dark room, a dark theme is better, in a light room, a light theme is better. What's easier on the eye is related to the contrast between the screen and the surrounding environment.

Obry said,

If you spend the whole day coding you'd appreciate it a lot. The first thing I do when setting up a new dev virtual machine is to switch to the dark theme. I don't want to look at some bright, flashy UI all day - this is 10x easier on the eyes. This is also how Photoshop and many other professional software tools look like. You're obviously not a developer and don't use Visual Studio so why bash it?

First thing? Just sign in with your account to VS 13 and all your settings are transferred. Love this as saves the old export\import routine and half the time I forget to export before trashing a machine.

Obry said,
If you spend the whole day coding you'd appreciate it a lot. The first thing I do when setting up a new dev virtual machine is to switch to the dark theme. I don't want to look at some bright, flashy UI all day - this is 10x easier on the eyes. This is also how Photoshop and many other professional software tools look like. You're obviously not a developer and don't use Visual Studio so why bash it?

You can also turn down the brightness on your monitor--most have default settings that make it look like you're staring at the sun. All my monitors currently have the brightness setting turned all the way down to 0. I also change the default code window background to some shade of gray (224/224/224), and that's all the tweaking I need to do.

SledgeNZ said,

First thing? Just sign in with your account to VS 13 and all your settings are transferred. Love this as saves the old export\import routine and half the time I forget to export before trashing a machine.

VS2013 is not even at Release Candidate stage yet though. Although I enjoy playing with it for my personal projects, I can't consider using it for my day-to-day work. Second of all, not all extensions I need are available for it yet either.

That's nice, Emma.

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Anyways, can't wait to check this out myself. I don't use this often but so far have been happy with each newer release whenever I do get a chance to get back into coding.