Microsoft Windows Simulator Rotation and Resolution Emulation

The Windows Simulator is a tool provided in Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview that helps debugging Metro style applications. Its main purpose is to enable debugging when developers want to test how their applications respond to the new Metro style capabilities without having a device that supports those capabilities. It is implemented as a remote connection… Read more

Debugging Contracts using Windows Simulator

All of you might be pretty busy discovering what Windows 8 has to offer. Today I will introduce you to debugging Contracts, one of the cool features in Windows 8. It is hard to debug contracts when you are debugging locally because they disappear as soon as the focus is lost. So, as you hit… Read more

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 – now available on Microsoft Update

As of today, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 is now available through Microsoft Update. If you have opted into Microsoft Update and haven’t installed SP1 yet, you will soon have it offered to you. The service pack was initially released in March and includes some often requested feature improvements, fixes that improve reliability as well as… Read more

An update on Visual Studio performance

I wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has contributed to our UserVoice performance site by entering areas you would like to see us improve and for voting on those items.  To date we have had over 4700 posts and votes showing the passion you all have for Visual Studio and its performance. … Read more

Roslyn Syntax Visualizers

Hello everyone! As you may have heard, today we announced the first CTP of the Roslyn project! You can visit the Roslyn MSDN Page to learn more about the project and to download the CTP. You can also read more about Roslyn at the following links – Soma’s Blog Eric Lippert’s Blog C# Frequently Asked… Read more

Introducing the Microsoft “Roslyn” CTP

Today we are releasing the first Community Technology Preview of the Roslyn Project! What is Roslyn? In the past, our compilers have acted as black boxes – you put source text in and out the other end comes an assembly. All of that rich knowledge and information that the compiler produces is thrown away and… Read more

Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Search Everywhere

During usability studies on previous versions of Visual Studio, we found many users were spending quite a lot of time browsing long lists of data from files in Solution Explorer to controls in the Toolbox, errors or warnings in the Error list, menus, bugs, etc. More often than not you know what you want but… Read more

Improving developer productivity with Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

One of the things we’ve been doing in Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview (VS11) is focusing on ways to increase developer productivity and improve the performance of VS. Through careful observation of developers using Visual Studio and through talking to developers, we learned that one of the ways we could improve developer productivity would be… Read more

Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Survey

Have you had a chance to play around with the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview? If so, we’d like to hear your early impressions, particularly around performance, reliability, and quality. Let us know what you think by taking the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview survey. Thanks!Doug Turnure – Visual Studio Program Manager… Read more

Private Extension Galleries for the Enterprise

In Visual Studio 2010, we introduced a feature called the Extension Manager – a new dialog that connects to the Microsoft Visual Studio Gallery to help a customer easily select and install extensions to Visual Studio from right inside the IDE.   Since then, enterprise customers have frequently asked us to provide a way for… Read more