Announcing Visual Studio 2013 RTM

We are pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio 2013!  This latest release offers many great features for developers, such as innovative IDE features like Peek and CodeLens, expanded ALM capacities with Git support, enhancements for ASP.NET web development, and much more.

For VSTO developers, Visual Studio 2013 comes with in-the-box design-time support for Office 2013, which previously required a separate download.  VSTO also now supports .NET Framework 4.5.1 – which includes exciting better async debugging, function return values in the debugger, performance improvements, and more

Visual Studio 2013 also delivers a broad set of tooling for the new apps for Office and apps for SharePoint.  Some highlights include the ability to create MVC SharePoint apps, enhancements around app-publishing, and a new set of tooling around Cloud Business Apps that integrate seamlessly with Office 365 services.  Learn more on the apps for Office and SharePoint blog.

Tip:  Just like Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio 2013 continues to support the Office 2010 templates.  However, to reduce clutter, we have re-categorized the project templates according to the .NET Framework version that they support.  So, if you’re looking for the Office 2010 templates, be sure to adjust the ".NET Framework" dropdown to ".NET Framework 4.0", as shown below:

VSTO 2010 templates


We hope you enjoy Visual Studio 2013 and the many great features that this IDE has to offer!

~ Michael Zlatkovsky | Program Manager, Visual Studio Tools for Office & Apps for Office