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Improving developer productivity with Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

One of the things we’ve been doing in Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview (VS11) is focusing on ways to increase developer productivity and improve the performance of VS. Through careful observation of developers using Visual Studio and through talking to developers, we learned that one of the ways we could improve developer productivity ...

Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Survey

Have you had a chance to play around with the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview? If so, we’d like to hear your early impressions, particularly around performance, reliability, and quality. Let us know what you think by taking the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview survey.Thanks!Doug Turnure – Visual Studio Program Manager...

Private Extension Galleries for the Enterprise

In Visual Studio 2010, we introduced a feature called the Extension Manager – a new dialog that connects to the Microsoft Visual Studio Gallery to help a customer easily select and install extensions to Visual Studio from right inside the IDE. (image)   Since then, enterprise customers have frequently asked us to provide a way for...

Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Quick Launch

In the past, finding things deep in the IDE has been a challenge. Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview introduces search abilities at almost every level of the product. Perhaps the biggest change is the introduction of Quick Launch which specifically addresses how to dig inside Visual Studio to find features you need. Let’s take a look. ...

Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Find & Replace

In Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview we’ve streamlined and modernized our vast array of Find experiences.  Find and Replace is now a lightweight control within documents, delivering incremental search results as you type.  The Find and Replace in Files dialog has been simplified while at the same time gaining additional functionality such...

Visual Studio BUILD sessions and Tips & Tricks Cheat Sheet

As I settle back into my desk after an exciting week at BUILD, I wanted to send a reminder that all of the sessions should be available for streaming on https://channel9.msdn.com/events/BUILD/BUILD2011.  Since this is a Visual Studio blog, here are links to the main VS sessions at BUILD: For the Tips & Tricks talk, Phil ...

Addressing Visual Studio performance

Visual Studio’s performance continues to be a hot topic for a lot of customers. We hear you and are investing to improve the performance of the product in those areas that are important to you. There are two key parts to our approach: Collecting Customer Feedback We are working to make your feedback less ad hoc and give you a ...

Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Announced

Today in his keynote at BUILD, Jason Zander announced the availability of the .NET Framework 4.5 Developer Preview, Microsoft® Visual Studio® 11 Developer Preview and Microsoft® Team Server Preview.  If you are an MSDN subscriber, you can download the preview immediately via this link. For everyone else, Visual Studio 11 and Team ...

How we use your PerfWatson data to identify Unresponsive areas

At the end of April, we released a telemetry system to monitor and report the performance issues that our customers face during their everyday use of the product. To start off, I would like to thank everyone who installed Visual Studio PerfWatson! These reports have provided valuable insight into where you are encountering issues, and have ...

High school students at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment build a WP application from scratch in a week

By Alice LeeDeveloping a full-fledged Windows Phone app in one week – that’s pretty ambitious, right?Last week, at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)’s weekly Summer Cyber Camp, a team of talented high and middle school students set out to do just that. I followed them for one week, documenting the process of ...