Visual Studio 2011 BETA now available



As many of you know, alongside the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we also released the beta for the next version of Visual Studio 11.   So whilst trying out the Windows 8 preview, there is No Better Time to Try Visual Studio 11 Beta, Team Foundation Server 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta are all now available and can be found here.

The best development experience for Windows 8

One of the goals for Visual Studio 11 is to help developers build stunning Metro style apps. When you install Visual Studio 11 Beta with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you’ll have an opportunity to try out the new tools, which are designed to help you, each step of the way. You can start off with one of the ready-made Metro style app templates, available in JavaScript, C++, C# or Visual Basic. Next, use Blend for Visual Studio 11 Beta to style and design your application, whether you’re using HTML or XAML. Debug locally, on the simulator, or attached to another device, and use the profiling and code analysis tools to monitor your app’s quality. Finally, once your app is ready and the Store becomes available, you’ll be able to use Visual Studio to package and upload your app to the Windows Store.

Continuing to ALM maturity

Visual Studio 11 Beta builds upon a strong legacy and with new collaboration capabilities to empower development teams, improved productivity through the core development experience resulting in delighted end-users with delivering modern, fast and fluid Metro-style, Windows Phone and Web apps. 

There’s no solution on the market that can provide the depth and breadth of capability as Visual Studio across multiple platforms, and through Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) process maturity.  You can find out more about how your organisation approaches ALM, and then  make real improvements, by taking the ALM Assessment.  ALM as an approach to Development, to testing, and to IT and we hope it adds real value to you as well as open up your minds to talking about how then the relevant tools can support your move to ALM.

What’s the new? 

The new Visual Studio experience is built around three core pillars:

· Delighting end users – end users, or customers, are the core reason any software project begins in the first place.  we know you want fast and fluid Windows experiences and web applications that feel modern and intuitive.  Business users want systems that simplify their day jobs, where the hard work is done for them. Visual Studio 11 Beta delivers these great experiences.

· Development simplified – the most common, useful daily tasks are simplified with a new integrated development experience.  Focusing on simplification has enabled developers to save time and reduce risks, continuously enabling quality throughout the development process

· Empowered teams – focusing on people, not processes.   Agile can be experienced throughout Visual Studio 11 Beta; we’ve taken the very best practices from agile and incorporated them throughout.  Every opportunity has been taken to eliminate waste and reuse and recycle code across projects.

So Why Wait…

We’re really excited about the release of Visual Studio 11 Beta, we are bringing the best experiences to developers for Windows 8 as well as building on the great work we started with Visual 2010 building towards a mature ALM Solution unparalleled in the market. Visual Studio, supported by DreamSpark, will continue to be the right choice for Academics and students who want to remain productive, efficient and skilled in modern and appropriate tools for employability.

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Comments (2)

  1. Chloe says:

    Thanks for sharing the news. You mentioned that VSS 11 works with Windows 8. My question is, does it work with other Windows platforms?

  2. Lee Stott says:


    Supported Operating Systems

    •Windows 7 (x86 and x64)

    •Windows 8 Consumer Preview (x86 and x64)

    •Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

    •Windows Server 8 Beta (x64)

    Supported Architectures

    •32-bit (x86)

    •64-bit (x64)

    Hardware Requirements

    •1.6 GHz or faster processor

    •1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)

    •10 GB of available hard disk space

    •5400 RPM hard drive

    •DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution

    Hope this helps


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