To download the latest release, please visit the current release notes for Visual Studio The files are downloaded from our free Dev Essentials subscription-based site. Please see the Dev Essentials page for information on our free comprehensive developer program and services. Visual Studio Release Notes released on October 17, What's New in this Release Innovative Features for Greater Developer Productivity Visual Studio included many user interface improvements based on customer feedback and Microsoft's core design principle of keeping the focus on the content to deliver an improved user experience.
You may notice the more than modified icons with greater differentiation and increased use of color, a redesigned Start page, and other subtle design changes throughout Visual Studio.
Visual Studio included a number of improvements to help you be more productive and stay focused when coding. Some features first appeared as experiments in the Visual Studio Power Tools extension before being refined and incorporated into Visual Studio. Productivity features such as automatic bracket completion, the ability to move code lines or blocks using keyboard shortcuts, and in-line navigation are now built-in. In addition, Visual Studio includes a new Team Explorer with an enhanced Home page that provides easier navigation to team collaboration features, including the ability to undock Pending Changes and Builds into a separate window.
When you work with large code files it can be hard to keep track of where you are. In Visual Studio , you can easily switch the behavior of the scroll bar between two modes. In bar mode, you can view annotations such as your caret position, change your location, and track errors more directly. In map mode, the scroll bar shows a live preview of source code as well as the ability to hover over code to preview it greater detail within a tooltip.
You can then click on the exact code position which navigates to that location. Understanding what a line of code does is a key task during development.
With Peek Definition you no longer have to leave the context of your line of code to view a definition in an inline view. Understanding what a line of code does is only part of your challenge as a developer.
You must also understand its history, who worked on it, what code references it, and more. This becomes especially challenging in team-oriented projects.
You can also quickly jump into that data, such as an associated changeset or referenced code file with just a click. Visual Studio introduces a connected IDE experience, enabling you to get started with Visual Studio more quickly. When you start Visual Studio for the first time, you will be asked to sign in using your Microsoft account.
Once signed in, your copy of Visual Studio is registered for your use without the need for any extra steps. Visual Studio will also automatically synchronize settings across your devices utilizing the Connected IDE experience. Synchronized settings include categories such as keyboard shortcuts, Visual Studio appearance theme, fonts, etc. Support for Windows 8. Support for Windows Store app development in Windows 8. Blend for XAML has been enhanced with significant new capabilities for Windows Store app design, such as the addition of rulers and custom guides for more precise content layout as well as improved styling capabilities.
The coding experience for Windows Store apps has been enhanced in Visual Studio The XAML editor now provides advances in IntelliSense, which is now also available for data binding, template binding, and resources. It also enables a more productive transition between design markup and code behind; including support for finding references, going to definition, and switching to the view model. These, along with other improvements will help cut down the work when creating Windows Store apps.
Connecting your Windows Store apps is also easier with the addition of Windows Azure Mobile Services that expose your app to a host of scenarios such as easily enabling Push Notifications and data storage and manipulation in the cloud.
In the past, working with each of these approaches in Visual Studio meant working with separate project types and tooling isolated to that specific project's capabilities. The One ASP. NET component frameworks in a single project.
This new unified experience includes the ability to easily create hybrid applications that include improved versions of ASP.
Now you can mix and match the right tools for the job within your web projects, giving you increased flexibility and productivity when developing for the web. If you design web pages, or implement the designs of others, you probably spend a significant portion of your time tweaking HTML and CSS while refreshing browser windows again and again to achieve the exact experience you want to create.
This is further complicated by the diversity of available web browsers your visitors might be using to view your site. Visual Studio eliminates this back and forth using Browser Link, which connects Visual Studio to one or more open modern browsers in an interactive development experience to keep them in synch with your markup changes without needing manual browser refreshes to see the changes you are making.
Create Modern Business Apps for Office With Visual Studio , you can create and manage modern business applications that extend the Office experience to help people interact with business processes, artifacts, and other systems. Office Cloud Business Apps run in the cloud, taking advantage of the rich platform capabilities exposed by Windows Azure and Office As cloud-based apps, they are available to a myriad of devices to aggregate data and services from in and out of an enterprise, and integrate user identities and social graphs.
These applications integrate with the application lifecycle management capabilities of Visual Studio, bridging the worlds of the business app developer with IT operations. Debugging and optimization Improvements The new Performance and Diagnostics hub in Visual Studio provides a unified experience for various tools available in Visual Studio.
The hub also makes it easy to identify the performance and diagnostic tools that work with your project and enables you to quickly start using them to improve your application. Memory Dump Analyzer in Visual Studio makes it easier to diagnose memory problems in production environments by analyzing. NET memory heap dumps right from Visual Studio.
Using the new memory analysis capability, you can solve memory leaks and inefficient memory usage by seeing size and counts, the largest instances of objects, and what is holding them alive in memory. You can also compare two memory dumps to gain insight into how memory usage is changing over time.
When debugging bit. NET 4. When running on Windows 8. Beyond diagnostics support,. You can import exception and performance events as IntelliTrace log. The Profiling Tools in Visual Studio give insight into PGO optimization decisions, which helps you to understand how well that profile data corresponds to real-world performance by showing how the profiled hotter code paths common user scenarios and colder code paths less common user scenarios of an application correspond to what code was optimized by PGO and how size or speed.
Expanded ALM Capabilities Visual Studio incorporates a wave of new Application Lifecycle Management ALM features that will help your teams be more productive and collaborate with improved support for agile development practices that you can adopt incrementally to suit the needs of your organization. Whether the team prefers the increased control and customization of an on-premises installation, or the maintenance-free accessibility of the cloud, there's an option that fits your team's needs.
With Agile Portfolio Management you can manage large and complex workloads in an agile way. You can define a hierarchy of backlogs to understand the scope of work across several teams and see how that work rolls up into broader initiatives. Team rooms provide an area for fostering and capturing communication among team members, both near and far. In a Team Room you can discuss work in progress, ask questions, share status, and clarify issues as they arise.
Your team room is your team projects activity feed for keeping the team informed of code check-ins, build status, work assignment, and more. By using the team room instead of email, you automatically receive an audit trail of conversations and decisions that you can review at any time and search. A Team Room is created by default for each project, and you can create additional rooms to support ad-hoc discussions and cross-team collaboration.
Team Foundation Server now supports Git repositories. In addition, you can now use the web-based Version Control Explorer in Visual Studio to create or reply to comments on changesets, shelvesets, or Git commits to engage in conversations with your team on source code changes. You can also find comments easily by using the Version Explorer filter. With support for cloud-based load testing in Team Foundation Service, you can generate scale tests in seconds that utilize the elastic resources of Windows Azure to execute requests from thousands of virtual users; providing you with insight into the performance bottlenecks of your web applications and services without the hassle of managing hardware or a virtual lab.
Improvements in web-based Test Case Management enable you to create or manage Test Plans and suites right from the web interface. You can also run tests from non-Windows operating systems using any modern web browser, enabling your testers to stay productive from any work environment.
Quickly create a variety of charts to visualize data based from your work item queries, such as bugs, user stories, and tasks. Active Visual Studio subscribers will have the earliest access to the final release of Visual Studio in mid-October. Visual Studio Releases.
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