It’s been a busy week since the RC announcements for Visual Studio 2012, .NET Framework 4.5, and Team Foundation Server 2012.
In my last post I provided an overview of the latest enhancements across the product. Here’s a rollup of the announcement posts across the team, so that you can explore additional deep dives into the various areas.
- Somasegar: Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates available now!
- Brian Harry: Visual Studio/TFS 2012 Release Candidate Available Today
- Visual Studio team blog: Visual Studio 2012 RC Available Now!
- VS ALM + TFS team blog: Welcome to Visual Studio 2012 ALM Rangers Readiness RC “Wave”
- VS ALM + TFS team blog: What’s new for Microsoft Test Manager in VS 2012 RC
- LightSwitch team blog: What’s New in LightSwitch for Visual Studio 2012 RC?
- .NET team blog: Introducing the .NET Framework 4.5 RC
- BCL team blog: MEF and TPL Dataflow NuGet Packages for .NET Framework 4.5 RC [Nick]
- Parallel Programming with .NET blog: What’s New for Parallelism in Visual Studio 2012 RC
- Web Development Tools: New Features for Web Development in Visual Studio 2012 RC
- Scott Hanselman: Visual Studio 2012 RC is released – The Big Web Rollup
- Howard Dierking: Web Optimization in Visual Studio 2012 RC
- BlendInsider: Designing Metro style Apps in Blend and VS: What’s New in the RC?
- BlendInsider: The Nitty Gritty—Detailed List of what’s new in Blend for Visual Studio 2012 RC
- Building Windows 8 blog: Delivering the Windows 8 Release Preview
- Windows 8 app developer blog: What’s changed for app developers since the Consumer Preview
- Windows Store blog: Windows Store for Release Preview
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.NET Framework 4.5 Compatibility
I wanted to share a few notes about .NET Framework 4.5 RC, as you set out to evaluate the latest releases. .NET Framework 4.5 RC is part of Windows 8 Release Preview. It is also available as a standalone download for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 operating systems.
.NET 4.5 is an in-place update to .NET 4, with same underlying CLR version. This means that once .NET 4.5 is installed on a computer, all .NET 4 apps run automatically on .NET 4.5. We’ve put in a lot of effort to ensure compatibility of .NET 4 apps on .NET4.5 runtime by testing hundreds of apps in our compatibility lab and partnering with our top customers. We’d also like to ask you to test your .NET 4 apps with .NET Framework 4.5 RC and report any issues by using the Visual Studio Feedback Tool or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.