What’s New in LightSwitch for Visual Studio 2012 RC?

We’re excited to announce an update of LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate! We’ve appreciated the feedback and community engagement we received on our Beta features – in addition to addressing many customer-reported bugs, I’m happy to announce several more goodies now available with RC:

New Default Shell & Theme.  Last March, we published a preview of the LightSwitch Cosmopolitan Shell & Theme on the VS Gallery to give LightSwitch applications a more modern look-and-feel and corporate branding.  Since then, we have fixed a significant number of community reported visual bugs and improved readability (such as adding data grid lines).  Based on the positive feedback, the Cosmopolitan Shell & Theme is now the default UI for new projects.


Branding included in the Login Screen. In addition to the new Cosmopolitan Shell & Theme, we also listened to customer feedback on UserVoice and added the application logo on the login screen for applications using forms authentication. It will show up once you deploy the application.

Performance.  We have improved the performance of core data operations, which in turn improves many application scenarios (loading data, sorting, paging, refreshing screens, etc.).  We have also improved the design-time experience – this means faster loading of projects, attaching to data sources, creating screens and tables, and building projects (F5).

Simplified Azure Publish Experience. We’ve significantly simplified the workflow required to publish LightSwitch apps to Azure.  These improvements are not in the RC build – instead, it will be available as an add-on.  Stay tuned for more information on this soon.

This is a big milestone for the product as we push toward finalizing VS 2012 – please do provide your feedback on any remaining issues to help ensure we get another great release of LightSwitch into your hands! For more LightSwitch resources, visit the RC resources page on the Developer Center. And for more information on what’s new in Visual Studio 2012 and the .NET Framework release candidates see Jason Zander’s blog post.

Happy RC testing! 
-John Stallo, Program Manager Lead – Visual Studio LightSwitch Team