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Amidst all the hoopla over the launch of the iPhone 5, Microsoft’s launch of Visual Studio 2012 and .Net 4.5 was a much quieter event. For developers, the official launch last Wednesday was a significant event because Visual Studio 2012 could be the platform for building modern applications for the next few years. The state of the art application has been available via MSDN since August, but now it comes to retail.

To support the new iteration of the software, the Visual Studio development team has created 60 videos to help you get familiar with the new Visual Studio 2012. A lot of simultaneous launches are also happening around the mother product. Even though, Visual Studio has just officially launched, a Visual Studio update in keeping with their promise of more timely updates was also announced.

Visual Studio solutions ranging from developer extensions and control libraries to extensions of the modern application lifecycle support in Visual Studio were also launched by over 70 Visual Studio partners. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop was also made available for download.

S.Somasegar, the Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division at Microsoft said while delivering the keynote address (and also on the MSDN blog),

We have a huge line-up of platform releases from Microsoft this year, from Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Windows Server 2012 to Windows Azure to SQL Server to Office 365, all of them enabling you to create or modernize really compelling apps. And Visual Studio 2012 is at the center of this.

Read: What’s new in Visual Studio 2012

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Source: MSDN Blog

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