Visual Studio 2013 update 3 hits RTM, can now be downloaded

It has been a busy day for Microsoft, with the release of the first update to Windows Phone 8.1 for the developer preview program and now the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3, Azure SDK 2.4 and Apache Cordova Tools CTP 2.

Visual Studio Update 3 brings with it a few new features that will make the lives of developers a little bit easier. Microsoft said that the updates include Application Insights integration for new and existing projects, CodeLens supports for Git, multi-monitor support for Windows Store app development, test plan customization with TFS 2013 Update 3, View Source support in the CPU Usage diagnostics tool,  improvements to Code Map, Azure WebJobs integration, new Windows Phone emulators.

In addition to the features within Update 3, there are a number of related releases that will ship in tandem, including:

  • Multi-Device Hybrid Apps CTP: New features include support for debugging Android targets, SDK support for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 R2, among others.
  • Microsoft Azure SDK 2.4: The storage and virtual machine features enable remote debugging of 32-bit VMs, and viewing of storage activity logs.
  • Stand-alone IntelliTrace Collector: The collector enables saving diagnostic data to an IntelliTrace log file and records what happened to the app without installing Visual Studio or changing the app’s environment.

The Azure SDK 2.4 can now be downloaded for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. Also announced today is the second update to the Cordova tools that were first released back in June.

Microsoft has been pumping out updates at a constant rate for Visual Studio and shows no sign of slowing down. With updates coming out so quickly, if you have feedback for the team, make sure to let us know as they are implementing features that you stand a good chance for having your voice heard about what to implement next.

Download: Visual Studio Update 3 | Azure 2.4 SDK | Apache Cordova Tools CTP2

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Could be interesting see that "Microsoft Azure ASK 2.4" cannot be installed, if "Web Development Feature" is not installed.
To be sure, I've tested it on two different PC with fresh os installation, same result.
This don't make any sense: why display an update, when it requirements are not installed on the system ?

I haven't researched or googled anything yet, so if this sounds like a stupid question, I apologize.

Can Visual Studio be obtained for free in a legal manner?

There's also the express editions which are fully functional and designed for hobbyists, different editions for all the platforms (desktop, phone, store, etc). Mainly they don't have the team/enterprise tools, load testing, reporting and such, there's an express version of TFS too for small teams, the compilers themselves are always free too.

There's always a number of other alternatives as well, kind of depends on what you're wanting to do.

Every time I've seen this on one of my computers, I've wondered what it is, what it does and where it came from.

Still don't know the answer to any of those questions!

As far as I can tell, I don't see it anywhere on this computer, so not going to worry about this thing.

Downloading the ISO version now, it's 4GB, and I'd suspect it includes the previous updates as well like the last one, plus it has everything regardless if it applies to your install or not. Actual install size is probably a lot smaller. Relatively.. VS2013 isn't exactly Notepad or VIM when it comes to size. That said, meh who cares, got a few TB available and I loooove the tools.

No it's not. The ISO image is 2GB; it may take 8GB of HD space once installed (I don't know, I just downloaded the image and need to install tomorrow). But I assure you it's not that large to download.

The ISO I downloaded most certainly was 4.0GB, and the installer tells you it may take up to 3.073GB depending on what you already have installed. Not sure which ISO you grabbed but..

Are we talking about the same file? vs2013.3.iso on my file system: 2,147,484,804 bytes

From WinRAR: vs2013.3.iso - ISO 9660 archive, unpacked size 4,277,171,907 bytes

pookie62 said,
Are we talking about the same file? vs2013.3.iso on my file system: 2,147,484,804 bytes

From WinRAR: vs2013.3.iso - ISO 9660 archive, unpacked size 4,277,171,907 bytes

Your file system is doing something, then - have you got compression or something enabled?

Ilys said,
Hmm, the VS2013 with Update 3 ISO is grabbing the VS2013 with Update 2 ISO...

I am getting the correct one.

Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 with Update 3 (x86) - DVD (English)
File Name: en_visual_studio_ultimate_2013_with_update_3_x86_dvd_4837900.iso
SHA1: 5129DBB6BBE3ABF427EF2019EE6197A33E836E13

I might just get the VS2013 with Update 3 ISO off the MSDN. Not going to download this for multiple PCs.

elenarie said,
"This might take a while."

No kidding. :laugh:

Updating Visual Studio 2013 was my second reason to migrate to SSD (my first reason was SharePoint 2013).

Kalint said,
8GB Update!!!

At least the ISO is 4gb, so apparently they are adding the installer (4gb) + iso (4gb) as the total.

Brony said,

At least the ISO is 4gb, so apparently they are adding the installer (4gb) + iso (4gb) as the total.

Actually, the ISO download is 2GB, and burns and fills a full DVD. I just downloaded it.