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Microsoft reveals more info on Visual Studio 2013

Microsoft has been using the TechEd conference in New Orleans this week to give some new information on its upcoming software products and services made mostly for developers, businesses and enterprise customers. One of those products is the upcoming and latest version of its Visual Studio software development tool.

In a new blog post, Microsoft's Brian Harry confirms that the next version will be called, not surprisingly, Visual Studio 2013. A preview version will be made available during Microsoft's BUILD 2013 developer conference later in June.

Harry offered up some new info on Visual Studio 2013, specifically its Application Lifecycle Management features and how they will work with Team Foundation Server 2013. Harry states that one improvement will related to how work is broken down and organized. He writes:

With TFS 2013, we are addressing this situation by introducing the notion of different levels of backlog. For instance, a backlog of business initiatives can be broken down into a backlog of scenarios and then into a backlog of user stories, etc. You can manage the backlog at each level and trace the relationships. We are also enabling multiple Scrum teams to each manage their own backlog of user stories/tasks that then contributes to the same higher-level backlog.

Yet another feature that relates to coding in Visual Studio 2013 is the new "heads up display”, which can be seen in the screenshot above. Harry says this feature will give coders a number of indicators that will pop up and offer what will hopefully be useful information while they work to complete their software projects. There's even more info in the blog post and Microsoft will offer up additional information about Visual Studio 2013 in the weeks ahead.

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