Microsoft announced the Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5 beta version will be available on the 29th of February – the same day when the company is going to launch its Windows 8 “Consumer Preview” in a press event which it has scheduled for the date.
“Visual Studio 11” is an integrated solution that helps individuals and development teams of any size to be productive and focused, to collaborate seamlessly with colleagues, and to turn their ideas into exceptional and compelling applications.
The .NET Framework 4.5 enables developers to productively build responsive, scalable and efficient client and server applications. “Developers building services for Windows Server and Windows Azure will get the tools they need to effectively harness the power of the cloud,” S. Somasegar, corporate vice president, Developer Division, Microsoft said.
Visual Studio 11 Features:
- Reduced toolbar commands – Microsoft has reduced the number of default commands that show on toolbars in the user interface to help free up precious workspace. These commands can still be accessed through the drop-down menus or added back onto the toolbar if the user wants them, but now the default work area is significantly larger.
- Simplified graphics – “Visual Studio 11” eliminates the use of color within tools except in cases where color is used for notification or status change purposes. Now, the user interface competes far less with the developer’s content.
- Comprehensive search – “Visual Studio 11” features a comprehensive search capability, allowing developers to quickly find what they are looking for within commands and configuration options, tool windows, and open files.
- Workflow hubs – New workflow hubs combine common tasks into one simplified window. Rather than force developers to interact with two or more tool windows to get tasks done, ”Visual Studio 11” streamlines common tasks so that many can be accomplished from within a single window.
- Preview Tabs – Developers can view the contents of documents using new Preview Tabs, which get reused as the developer works. As a result, developers no longer end up with large numbers of extraneous documents open as a byproduct of common tasks such as debugging or browsing results.
.NET Framework 4.5 Features:
- Languages – To help developers deliver responsive clients and scalable servers, the C# and Visual Basic languages now have built-in support for writing asynchronous code almost as easily as if it were synchronous. And to help developers tackle data-complex problems, F# integrates Type Providers to make data access trivial in F# programs and components.
- Performance – The Common Language Runtime has been overhauled to provide better performance, in particular for server applications and services. With additions such as background server garbage collection, multicore background JIT compilation and profile-guided optimization, managed applications can now start faster and run with better throughput and lower latency.
- Networking – With the proliferation of devices and continuous services in the cloud, .NET Framework 4.5 builds upon the high-quality networking libraries already available in .NET to further enable the development of increasingly connected applications. New support spans from modern HTTP libraries to WebSockets to support for contract-first service development.
The interesting thing that strikes our mind, the day of release feels quite strange as the date is already set for Windows 8 coverage – so what makes the software giant to think up for the launch of these beta version on the same – does it is reportedly thinking of to receiver less press coverage as it can be – but again one point to be noted here that the languages of Visual 11 that is supports are the same languages that can be used to Metro Style Apps – well, just to conclude here stay tune with us as a lot of “tech” action is about to come over the end of the month.