Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 1 now available

Charles Sterling

As Soma mentioned in his blog the Visual Studio Updates are a new mechanism we are using to provide ongoing value throughout the year to our Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server customers. These updates will provide features to support the latest software trends in the market, and also offer an easy way to deploy bug fixes.   In Visual Studio 2012 Update 1, we’ve focused on enhancements to SharePoint development, Windows development, continuous quality enablement, and tools for agile teams. For more information please see: 

NEW 1/11/2012

The list of fixes in update 1 is now available at:


Downloads for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1:

Below I have highlighted a couple of my favorite features and brought forward the Visual Studio Update 1 feature list from previous posts.


SharePoint development productivity improvements with IntelliTrace collection for SharePoint Applications



IntelliTrace has been enhanced in Visual Studio Update 1 to include a PowerShell module for collecting trace logs from SharePoint, filters specific to SharePoint events and a new dialog that enables entering a SharePoint correlation ID that makes locating and solving SharePoint development problems much easier.  See Collect IntelliTrace Data Outside Visual Studio with the Standalone Collector.


Continuous quality enablement with Coded UI Enhancements


We have added a three new features to Coded UI tests: the ability to configure search properties for recording on web applications, handle unexpected error/dialogs with playback retry mechanism and the ability to enable/disable HTML logger using APIs


Write higher quality Windows Store Applications with the JavaScript Memory Analysis tool

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The JavaScript Memory Analysis tool enables developers to inspect the memory usage in their Windows Store Applications written primarily in JavaScript and be able to diagnose potential leaks.

See the MSDN content: Analyzing memory usage in Windows Store apps (JavaScript)


Reduce the mean time to recovery (MTTR) with Visual Studio IntelliTrace integration with System Center


Integration with System Center for IntelliTrace analysis of APM exception alerts enables opening of APM exception events from Visual Studio IDE as if the exception was captured during the IntelliTrace historical debugging session. See What’s New in System Center 2012 SP1 – Operations Manager for more information.


**How to Provide Feedback on this Release **

Feedback is an important part of this process. To supply feedback, please use the Visual Studio 2012 feedback tool. For your convenience the feedback tool automatically captures the build number and attaches system information – so we know any bugs/suggestions are for this release.


The “laundry list” of Visual Studio Update 1 features from previous posts

SharePoint Features

Windows Store Development List

Agile Teams

(see also Understand, Navigate, and Debug Code Visually with Code Maps)

New Test Features in Microsoft Test Manager in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1


New Features in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1


New Features in Team Foundation Server in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

Note: The Version control warehouse still has a 260 character limit and you need to have this update applied to both your Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio client.


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