On January 30 2013, Microsoft announced the availability of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2).

As mentioned in the announcement, there is going to be a ton of cool new capabilities coming in Update 2. With that said, not all of them are available in the CTP, but many are.

The significant improvements in this CTP can be categorized into the following groups:

  1. Agile Planning
  2. Quality Enablement
  3. Line of Business Development
  4. Developer Experience

Developer Experience

Here are a couple screenshots for what’s been changed/added for a developer experience.

Visual Studio Blue Theme. Time and time again, you hear people asking that they bring back the VS2010 theme. Well it looks like the included the “Blue” theme that was previously available on the Visual Studio Gallery:

vs2012_update2_ctp_blue_theme

CodeMap and Debugger Integration. You can now easily add a call stack to a CodeMap to explore the code dependencies from your debugging session:

vs2012_update2_ctp_codemap

Blend for Visual Studio 2012. Finally, Blend has been added back into VS2012, which includes support for WPF, Silverlight and Sketchflow:

vs2012_update2_ctp_blend

NOTE: This CTP is not a “go-live” CTP and is for evaluation purposes only.

Head over to the post for complete details on what’s coming.

I’m looking forward to this update and can’t wait to hear about other cool new capabilities.

Posted by Callon Campbell [MVP]

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