Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 Available for Developers!

August 17th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

While I was away at summer camp (That Conference), a couple of really important events took place for developers:

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 now available!


Windows 8 RTM is available for Developers!

This is the day many of us have been waiting for as we now have the production bits at our disposable to go off and create amazing apps.

Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 brings along many new features including new tools to support you as you develop Windows 8 apps. From XAML to C++ to HTML 5 and JavaScript, the tools and technology are there to allow developers with an array of different skill sets to build truly amazing apps on Windows 8. Windows 8 isn’t the only target platform for Visual Studio 2012 as there are new tools and productivity features to build great Cloud-based applications, Mobile applications, Web applications, Business applications as well as Games and other 3D applications. Jason Zander provides a list of his Top 12 areas of Visual Studio 2012.

The Visual Studio team will be celebrating the launch of Visual Studio 2012 with a special virtual launch event on September 12th.

Windows 8

Over on the Windows 8 App Developer blog, Ian Legrow outlines the ways in which you can get your hands on the final bits of Windows 8. If you have an MSDN Subscription or TechNet Subscription those respective download services have the bits waiting for you to download. If you are a participant in other programs, there is a post on the Windows Team blog on you can go about getting the bits as well. If you are not a participant in any of these programs, you can download a 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise edition for developers.

Head on over to the Windows Dev Center for the latest in resources to get you ramped up and ready to build amazing Windows 8 apps, including samples, design assets, toolkits, and additional SDK’s for integrating with Live services and integrating PubCenter advertising into your apps.

Categories: Visual Studio, Windows