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Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2012 Update 1


Written by  Ritu Saxena | 29 November 2012
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vs2012up1.pngSo much of buzz going in the software tools arena after the release of Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, each solution provider is taking the necessary measures to prep their tools for the latest from Microsoft. Even before the wave could settle down, Microsoft with the aim to ensure that developers and development teams get the best solution for building modern applications and for managing the modern application lifecycle has announced the very first update to Visual Studio 2012, released in September this year. The four areas that this release touches upon are Windows development, SharePoint development, agile teams, and continuous quality.

Windows Development

  • With the Update1 VS2012 now supports C++ applications to target Windows XP from Visual Studio 2012
  • Support for mixed-mode managed/native debugging and native ARM dump debugging is available for Windows Store applications for Windows 8
  • Update 1 also includes improved diagnostics and testing support for Windows Store apps, such as with a JavaScript memory analysis tool, support for data-driven unit tests, and C++ unit testing enhancements.
  • Code analysis has been enabled for developers building apps for Windows Phone 8.

SharePoint Development

  • With the Update 1 New ALM capabilities have been built into SharePoint Applications
  • IntelliTrace has also been updated to capture SharePoint logging information.

Agile Teams

  • A a wealth of features to support agile teams have been introduced with the update
  • Usability improvements to enable user productivity while managing projects in the web-based interface for Team Foundation Server have also been done
  • Update 1 now includes Kanban support
  • Update 1 also includes for most of the improvements made to Team Foundation Service in recent months in the Team Foundation Server
  • New visualization features and Code Map has also been introduced.

Continuous Quality

  • There has been improvement in the testing experience at all levels, from the management of tests to their execution with the latest release.
  • Cross-browser testing is now supported with Update 1
  • Test Explorer in Visual Studio has been augmented to enable custom “traits”
  • Microsoft Test Manager has also been enhanced with support for pausing/resuming of manual test sessions and automatically creating an image log of all actions performed during an exploratory testing session.

Soon after this update the feature request for the next update has started pouring in. There are requests for MFC feature requests on Visual Studio User Voice particularly improvement in the dialog designer, support for XAML2009 editing and compilation, support for Expression blend 5 (WPF & Silverlight) and more.

Detailed information on the update can be found here

Ritu Saxena

Ritu Saxena

Ritu is the technical brain behind the website and comes from a strong development background across Web and Mobile platforms. She is our senior editor primarily responsible for Product Reviews and in future will be leading Start-Ups, Mobile and Quality areas.

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