Yesterday was one of the special days in this year and that’s because yesterday Microsoft had their Virtual Launch of the newest version of Visual Studio which is Visual Studio 2012. The new Visual Studio 2012 family of products includes the commercial Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium, Ultimate and the Team Foundation Server 2012.
Following are some of the new features available with this new release of Visual Studio 2012.
- User Interface - The User Interface is slightly different when compared to previous versions of Visual Studio.
- Windows 8 Metro Style Applications - Can create Windows 8 Metro Style applications and this is one of most featured things in Visual Studio 2012 and not to mention it is one of things I am missing in Visual Studio 2010.
- LightSwitch - LightSwitch for Visual Studio 2012 – Previously Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch was a separate product and with the new Visual Studio 2012, it is included in default.
- Solution Explorer - Now with the new Solution Explorer we can browse our project’s objects and drill down into methods and properties. It also gives us the ability to search and preview files, objects and external items.
- SQL Server Object Explorer - With previous versions of Visual Studio we couldn’t manage objects in instances of the Database Engine through Visual Studio. Now with the newly introduced SQL Server Object Explorer, it gives us same feeling as using the Object Explorer in SQL Server Management Studio.
|SQL Server Object Explorer|
- IIS Express - Previous versions of Visual Studio used its own ASP.NET Development Server as the default web server for locally running and testing web applications. Visual Studio 2012 uses IIS Express as the default local web server. But of course you can change it anytime.
- Debugging Browser - Visual Studio gives us another nice feature which is, now we can select the browser to debug/browse our web application. For example if your default browser is Google Chrome, your web application will be debugged using Google Chrome in default. But if you are debugging a Silverlight application you specifically need Internet Explorer. Now we don’t have to change the default browser, we only have to change debugging browser.
There are a lot of other things included in the new .NET Framework 4.5. Sometime back I wrote a post about What's new in C# 5.0 and now you can find these features in the .NET Framework 4.5.
Jason Zander, who is the Corporate Vice President for the Visual Studio team in the Developer Division at Microsoft has published a nice post about Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 and you can check it out for more information.
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