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Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2012 11.0.60610.01 / 2013 12.0.20827.3 RC - Changelog
What's new in Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2013 12.0.20617.1 Preview:June 27th, 2013
- Visual Studio Languages:
- .NET Framework 4.5.1:
- Now, when you compile an app that targets the .NET Framework 4.5.1, you can add binding redirects to the app configuration file if your app or its components reference multiple versions of the same assembly. For more information, see How to: Enable and Disable Automatic Binding Redirection.
- Visual C++:
- New features include compiler and STL support for these features:
- Default template arguments for function templates
- Delegating constructors
- Explicit conversion operators
- Initializer lists/uniform initialization
- Raw string literals
- Variadic templates
- Windows Store Apps
- Debugging and Diagnostics:
- Productivity improvements for managed apps include return values in the debugger, Edit and Continue support for 64-bit apps, and better exception handling in Windows Store apps.
- Asynchronous debugging: If you are debugging managed language code on Windows 8.1 Preview, and your asynchronous code hits a break condition, you can now see the call stack window and the current tasks in the watch window.
- When you are debugging managed language code, you can now see the return value of a method in the locals window.
- Graphics Diagnostics are now available for Windows Store apps in Visual Studio Express 2013 Preview for Windows (as well as the Professional, Premium, and Ultimate editions). For more information, see Graphics Diagnostics. Graphics Diagnostics can capture graphics information from an app running on a remote machine or device. For more information, see Capturing Graphics Information. You can now use a remote machine or device to play back graphics information previously captured on the same machine, or on a different machine. For more information, see How to: Change the Graphics Diagnostics Playback Machine.
- In the Visual Studio Ultimate edition, you can visualize the call stack while in debugging mode by creating code maps from the code window or call stack window. For more information, see Visualize and Debug Code Execution with Call Stacks in Visual Studio.
- In the Visual Studio Ultimate edition, you can diagnose errors and performance issues in apps that are monitored by System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. You can import exception and performance events as IntelliTrace log (.iTrace) files from the Microsoft Monitoring Agent in System Center and then use IntelliTrace in Visual Studio to step through code execution for those events. For more information about System Center R2 Operations Manager, see What's New for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. For more information about IntelliTrace, see Debug Your App with IntelliTrace Log (.iTrace) Files.
- MSBuild is now included in Visual Studio instead of the .Net Framework. The current MSBuild version number is 12.0.
- The Visual Studio IDE has some important changes—improved icons, more contrast in the user interface, the ability to search the Options window directly, and other enhancements.
- New Start Experience:
- The new connected IDE uses your Microsoft account to connect to your VS Online profile, including your Team Foundation Service account. The first time you start Visual Studio, you supply your credentials. Based on that authentication, Visual Studio finds and applies your license and synchronizes your settings (such as fonts, language preference, and keyboard settings) across all of your computers. For more information, see Roaming Settings in Visual Studio.
- The first time you start Visual Studio, you can select one of the three Visual Studio themes—Black, White, or Blue. (You can change the theme later.) Your theme selection is part of your roaming settings—as long as you’re logged on to Visual Studio, your theme appears on all of your computers.
- The new Notification Center panel—at the top-right corner of the IDE next to the Quick Launch window, sends alerts as part of the Connected IDE experience. For example, if you didn’t register your installation and your license is expiring, you may receive an alert message in the Notification Center.
- New Code Editor Features:
- You can now use many popular code editor features in Visual Studio that were formerly available only in the Productivity Power Tools:
- View Definition. You can browse through Visual Basic, C#, and C++ code definitions without opening a new document tab. For more information, see How to: Use View Definition.
- Enhanced Scroll Bar. You can set the scroll bar to indicate code markers such as errors, warnings, changes, and breakpoints. For more information, see How to: Track Your Code by Customizing the Scrollbar.
- Navigate To. (Ctrl+,): improvements include live result previewing and a streamlined inline UI experience.
- Other new features include the ability to move a line or selection up or down by using hotkeys and auto brace completion.
- New Code Features in the Visual Studio Ultimate Edition:
- In the Visual Studio Ultimate edition, you can use the CodeLens feature, which shows who changed the code and what changes they made, test status and coverage, and code references. For more information, see CodeLens.
- You can also visualize code relationships by creating code maps from the code editor. This helps you see your place in the code while you work. For more information, see Visualize and Understand Code with Code Maps in Visual Studio.
- Team Foundation:
- Team Projects, Planning, and Tracking:
- You can now create Team projects that use GIT for the version control system.
- You can quickly switch context to other team projects that you’re connected to.
- Portfolio Backlogs:
- By using portfolio backlogs, 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. TFS on-premises and cloud-hosted service both support the portfolio backlog in addition to the standard product backlog. For on-premises, you can define up to five portfolio backlogs.
- Team Rooms and Collaborating as a Team:
- You can use team rooms to increase team productivity. You can discuss work in progress, ask questions, share status, and clarify issues as they arise. Your team room provides an area for fostering and capturing communication among team members, both near and far. By using the team room instead of email threads, you automatically receive an audit trail of conversations and decisions. A team room is created by default for each project, and additional rooms can be created to support ad-hoc discussions and cross-team collaboration. This feature is available in both TFS on-premises and our cloud-hosted service.
- Version Control:
- You and your teammates can use the web-based Version Control Explorer to create or reply to comments about source code changes. You can add comments to changesets and shelveset or Git commits. You can also find comments by using the Version Explorer filter.
- Automating and Debugging Builds
- Modeling Tools
- Lightweight browser-based test management and execution help you improve quality in software projects.
- Unit Testing:
- Support for searching and filtering unit tests is enhanced in Test Explorer. It's easier to run Windows Store app unit tests in Team Build.
- UI Testing:
- Coded UI test support for Windows Store apps that use XAML.
- Coded UI test support for Internet Explorer 11.
- Coded UI test support for SharePoint 2013.
- Configurable search properties for coded UI tests on the browser.
- Coded UI test log support for cross-browser tests.
- Microsoft Test Manager:
- Web Test case management now has these features:
- Test plan creation.
- Full test-suite management.
- Full test-case authoring, including shared steps and Parameters support.
- Execution of test cases, including inline editing capabilities during execution.
- ASP.NET 4.5.1:
- For information about new features, see What’s New for ASP.NET 4.5.1 and Web Development in Visual Studio 2013.
- Visual Studio Support for Windows Azure Mobile Services:
- Help connect client apps to both Windows Store and Windows Azure Mobile Services.
- Use Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Push Notification services to add push notifications to your app.
- View existing Windows Azure Mobile Services and tables, and create new ones.
- Update Windows Azure Mobile Services table scripts.
- Blend has a number of new and enhanced features.
- HTML Design Tools:
- CSS Animation. Create and preview CSS3 animations by using the Animation timeline.
- Embed Custom Fonts. Easily embed custom fonts and include them in your app.
- Data Binding. Bind to design-time data to preview your data display and design your data templates.
- Rulers and Guides. Drag visual guides from rulers to more precisely place elements and create custom layouts.
- Border Radius. Use easy-to-manipulate handles on elements to create rounded corners and ellipses.
- Search and Set CSS Properties. Quickly set CSS property values directly in the Search or Set box in the CSS Properties panel.
- Find Elements using CSS Syntax. Search the Live DOM by using CSS syntax.
- XAML Design Tools:
- XAML editor improvements. IntelliSense for databinding and resources, smart commenting, and Go To Definition are now supported in the XAML editor in Visual Studio.
- Rulers and guides. Drag visual guides from rulers to more precisely place elements and create custom layouts.
- Better style editing support. In-place style and template editing supports the creation and modification of templates directly in the context of the app display.
- Sample data support. Bind to sample data, including sample data in JSON format.
- View-state authoring. Modify view-state properties such as Edge and minimum widths for edge-aligned views directly in the Device panel.
- SharePoint Development:
- You can use the new MVC (model-view-controller) pattern in Office and SharePoint 2013 to create apps. You can also publish apps to Windows Azure websites.
What's new in Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2012 11.0.50727.1:June 27th, 2013
- Windows Store Apps:
- Designing and building Windows Store apps
- Debugging, optimizing, and publishing Windows Store apps
- Designing and building Windows Phone apps
- Testing, optimizing, and publishing Windows Phone apps
- Visual Studio IDE:
- Projects and Solutions
- Window Management
- Code Editing for C++
- Visual Basic
- Visual C#
- Visual C++
- Visual F#
- Application Lifecycle Management and Team Foundation Server:
- Managing the application lifecycle
- Modeling applications
- Developing applications and collaborating more effectively as a team
- Automating and debugging builds
- Microsoft Test Manager
- ASP.NET 4.5 and Web Development:
- ASP.NET 4.5 Core Services
- ASP.NET 4.5 Web Forms
- General Enhancements for Web Development
- Data-Related Enhancements for Web Development
- IIS Express for Web Development
- ASP.NET Web API
- Other Enhancements:
- Data Application Development
- Graphics Tools
- Parallel Computing
- SharePoint Development
- Office Development
- .NET Framework 4.5