Today Microsoft announced at their Connect(); event coverage on Channel 9 that a new free edition of Visual Studio called Visual Studio Community 2013 is being made available. It combines everything in all of the Express editions and adds extensibility support.

“Great apps require great tools, and today we are opening up access to Visual Studio to an even broader set of developers.

Visual Studio Community 2013 is a new free, fully-featured edition of Visual Studio that lets developers target any platform, from desktop and mobile to web and cloud.  Visual Studio Community 2013 also supports full Visual Studio extensibility, offering access to the ecosystem of over 5000 extensions.

In addition to broad platform support in a unified Visual Studio experience, Visual Studio Community 2013 also includes dozens of great Visual Studio tools, including Peek, Blend, Code Analysis, Graphical Debugging and full C# refactoring.

Support for Visual Studio extensibility means developers gain access to tools for a wide variety of technologies and platforms supported by the rich Visual Studio extensibility ecosystem, including the Visual Studio Gallery.   For example, Visual Studio Community users have access to the excellent Visual Studio Tools for Unity and the open source Node.js Tools for Visual Studio and Web Essentials for Visual Studio.

Opening up access to Visual Studio extensibility to a wider audience also creates great new opportunities for extension authors to build new tools and experiences on top of the Visual Studio platform.  For both open source and commercial extension authors, Visual Studio offers a great developer tools platform.

And most importantly, Visual Studio Community 2013 is free for any non-enterprise application development.” – somasegar

Download Visual Studio Community 2013

http://www.visualstudio.com/products/visual-studio-community-vs

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Today Microsoft announced at their Connect(); event coverage on Channel 9 that Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 is now available. Below are details to getting the update and what is new.

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Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 4

This update is the latest in a cumulative series of feature additions and bug fixes for Visual Studio 2013. You can install both Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 from the following link:

Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 (2013.4) RTM

What’s new in Visual Studio 2013 Update 4

Visual Studio updates:

Team Foundation Server updates:

Microsoft SQL Server Database Tooling updates:

Other changes:

In addition, several Visual Studio 2013 products are available for download with Update 4, including the following:

References

http://www.visualstudio.com/news/vs2013-update4-rtm-vs

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2014/11/12/opening-up-visual-studio-and-net-to-every-developer-any-application-net-server-core-open-source-and-cross-platform-visual-studio-community-2013-and-preview-of-visual-studio-2015-and-net-2015.aspx

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The final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is now available.  Update 2 brings dozens of significant new features to Visual Studio developers, including tools for Windows Phone 8.1 and universal Windows apps.

You can find a detailed list of included fixes in the associated Support article.

You can download VS2013.2 now or wait for it to show up in the Visual Studio Notifications.

Enjoy!

References

Mobile-first, Cloud-first Development – Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 released, Visual Studio Apache Cordova Tooling preview and the future of .NET for Cloud and Server

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2, Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RC and TypeScript 1.0 RC

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC: Windows Phone 8.1 Tools, Shared Projects and Universal Windows Apps

With the introduction of Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013, there is a new debug visualizer for JSON.

The new debugger string visualizer displays JSON encoded strings in a treeview control and allows meaningful user interaction like search and highlight, copy key value pairs and copy path.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2014/02/06/json-debugger-visualizer-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx

Enjoy!

Reference

JSON Debugger Visualizer in Visual Studio 2013

Microsoft

Visual Studio 2013 Update 1

 

Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 is now available to download and is primarily focused on bug fixes.

“This is a targeted update, addressing some key areas of customer feedback since the Visual Studio 2013 release.  For example, we heard your feedback about running Visual Studio in environments without IE10+, and have made several improvements to this experience in Update 1.” – S. Somasegar

You can find a detailed list of included fixes in the associated Support article.

You can download VS2013.1 now or wait for it to show up in the Visual Studio Notifications.

References

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2014/01/20/visual-studio-2013-update-1.aspx
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2911573

Today Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2013 and .NET Framework 4.5.1. You can checkout what’s new with Visual Studio 2013 page for more information.

Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft’s platforms.  From Windows Azure and SQL Server to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2013 supports the breadth of Microsoft’s developer platforms.

As part of the Cloud OS vision, Visual Studio 2013 enables developers to build modern business applications that take advantage of the cloud and target a variety of devices and end-user experiences, all delivered within today’s rapid and dynamic application lifecycles.

There are great new features and capabilities in Visual Studio 2013 for every developer, including innovative editor enhancements such as Peek and CodeLens, diagnostics tools for UI responsiveness and energy consumption, major updates for ASP.NET web development, expanded ALM capabilities with Git support and agile portfolio management, and much, much more.

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You can download these tools now and start using them today. They’re also available to download through MSDN Subscriber Downloads page.

Enjoy!

References

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/10/17/visual-studio-2013-available-for-download.aspx

Interesting article about a new XAML UI Responsiveness tool included in Visual Studio 2013…

From the perspective of interaction-performance applications need to be “fast” and “fluid” – fast to launch, to navigate between pages, to react to changes in orientation, and fluid in scrolling, in panning and in animations. This post introduces the XAML UI Responsiveness tool, a new tool in the Visual Studio Performance and Diagnostics hub that lets you analyze such interaction-performance of your XAML-based Windows Store applications.

Reference

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2013/07/11/xaml-ui-responsiveness-tool-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx

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