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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

  1. Elrick Browne
    September 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Im trying out windows 8 right now and loving it, also trying to learn programming so i will check out the express version of VS2012

  2. Ahmed Khalil
    September 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I hope it is completely rebuilt as the old one was very heavy on the PC and it make the life with it very hard

  3. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 16, 2012 at 10:58 am

    visual studio 2010 is very good in all aspects. even with performance wise. maybe that's because I have a powerful desktop pc. I'm really looking forward to use 2012. hope it's awesome as 2010...

  4. Saikat Basu
    September 16, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Great feedback guys. Yes, the screenshots did showcase the improved GUI, in fact it seems to quite a change. But the CPU consumption seems to be an important consideration.

  5. Edmar Diego
    September 16, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I've already tried 2012 version of visual studio on windows 8 and from what I've seen its a little better when it comes to GUI but takes a chunk of your processing power

  6. IamAshMcLean
    September 16, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I hope that Visual Studio 2012 don't affect completely the perfomance of a PC... because I already have 2010 version installed and my computer super slow.

  7. Terry
    September 16, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I've been burned too many times to try this type of thing again. I am only interested in development tools that will be a good ROI, long term solution, work for building fully cross-platform apps, and very importantly coming from a source that hasn't had a history of pushing various methods of vendor lock-in or dropping support for tools prematurely to push another new solution.

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