On Wednesday, Microsoft revealed that the final version of Windows 8.1, along with Windows Server 2012 R2, would be made available to the general public on Oct. 18. Both operating systems currently have preview versions available to download and were first made available on June 26, the first day of Microsoft's BUILD 2013 conference.
Microsoft also released the first preview version of Visual Studio 2013 on that same day, so it was a bit of a surprise to not get a release date for the final version of Microsoft's software development tools alongside the Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 dates on Wednesday. We contacted Microsoft for comment and received this response from a company representative:
We announced at TechEd that VS 2013 will release later this year and it’s currently available in Preview here. We have not provided a more specific release date but we are continuing to make good progress on finishing up the release. With Windows general availability in October, we’ll be working to ensure developers have the tools they need to support those releases. Stay tuned for more specifics.
Last year, Microsoft announced the release date for Visual Studio 2012 when Windows 8, RT and Windows Server 2012 reached the RTM stage. It's possible that Microsoft will wait until Windows 8.1 signs off on the RTM build before offering a date for the final version of Visual Studio 2013.
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