Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio

Today we are releasing the RTM version of Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio! To get started, download Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio 2013 or Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio 2012 from the Visual Studio Extension Gallery. This extension provides smart, contextual help to solve every day dev problems like searching for projects,… Read more

Visual Studio Updates – Survey

Hi folks. With Visual Studio 2012 we started the Visual Studio Update program – releasing regular (nearly quarterly) public updates that contained both new features and servicing fixes. To date we’ve released four Updates, and the latest Update for Visual Studio 2012 can be downloaded from the Visual Studio Updates page. To capture the learning… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is here

We’re excited to announce that today, Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) is now available for download. For an overview of the five areas of investments in VS2012.2 that we made across agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development, and the general developer experience, please visit Soma’s blog. In particular, you can find… Read more

JavaScript memory analysis for Windows Store apps in Visual Studio 2012

In Visual Studio 2012 Update 1, we introduced a JavaScript memory analysis tool for Windows Store apps to help developers, you, build apps that do not leak memory, so that these apps are more reliable, potentially more responsive and therefore have the potential to be more highly rated by customers. You will find the memory… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 is here

Today, the Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (Visual Studio 2012.1) is available for download. You can get it now via the Visual Studio 2012.1 download page (see “Visual Studio 2012 Update 1” under the “Additional software” section). For an overview of the main updates included in Visual Studio 2012.1, please visit Soma’s blog. As he… Read more

Productivity Power Tools 2012

By popular request, the new version of the Productivity Power Tools has arrived for Visual Studio 2012! These tools are the fruit of a few passionate engineers on the Visual Studio team that love sharing the power of Visual Studio with customers. The Productivity Power Tools are one of the top gallery extensions for Visual… Read more

Introducing Windows Phone SDK 8.0

It gives us great pleasure to announce that today at //build/ we launched the Windows Phone 8 development story. We have enhanced the existing Visual Studio 2012 developer tools to support development of Windows Phone 8 apps optimized for a variety of resolutions and hardware, introduced ability to simulate and monitor the impact of real… Read more

Your Visual Studio, Your Colors

Since releasing Visual Studio 2012 we have continued on our investment in the user experience space to enable you to work more efficiently and to make the Visual Studio experience engaging and productive. One of the design principles we are following is the enablement of choice and personal customization in the product, and as part… Read more

NuGet for Windows Store App Developers

In Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 you’ll see that we have included the popular NuGet package manager by default and customized it to include a Windows 8 packages feed that presents you a filtered list of NuGet packages for use in developing your Windows Store apps. In case you haven’t heard of NuGet… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 SimShip Partners

A month ago we launched Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 at our launch event ( in Seattle. At this event and online, we had a number of sessions showing how Visual Studio 2012 helps you build great applications. We are always looking to ensure that our new tools can be adopted by our users, and have… Read more