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Visual Studio 11 Beta Performance Part #1

Following the //Build conference last year I posted “Addressing Visual Studio Performance” to gather your feedback on Visual Studio performance and to discuss with you those areas you felt were important for us to improve. Next, I posted “An update on Visual Studio Performance” about some of the work we are doing and promised you a set...

Visual Studio 11 Beta Available Now!

Today, we're excited to announce that Visual Studio 11 Beta is now available for download. Back in September, we announced the release of Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and detailed the simplification efforts we made across the IDE, integration of the best and most popular features from the Productivity Power Tools and effort to improve...

Introducing the New Developer Experience, Part #2

UPDATE: We hear you. There’s a lot of excitement about this release and a lot of passion about colors, designs, styles and icons. Know that we are listening to all your comments here, across social media and we are working hard to make Visual Studio 11 a fast, powerful and feature-rich product. Keep the comments coming, both good and bad. We...

Introducing the New Developer Experience

UPDATE: We hear you. There’s a lot of excitement about this release and a lot of passion about colors, designs, styles and icons. Know that we are listening to all your comments here, across social media and we are working hard to make Visual Studio 11 a fast, powerful and feature-rich product. Keep the comments coming, both good and bad. We...

Bring Some Game To Your Code!

(image) Bring Some Game To Your Code! A software engineer's glory so often goes unnoticed. Attention seems to come either when there are bugs or when the final project ships. But rarely is a developer appreciated for all the nuances and subtleties of a piece of code--and all the heroics it took to write it. With Visual Studio Achievements...

Give us your feedback on Visual Studio 11 etc. and receive a gift!

The Microsoft Visual Studio Design Research Team is looking for participants to give us direct feedback on our development tools, languages and libraries!  Opportunities include usability studies of upcoming features, focus groups where we explore new ideas, as well as 1:1 interviews.What do you get out of it?When you are selected to ...

Microsoft Windows Simulator Rotation and Resolution Emulation

The Windows Simulator is a tool provided in Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview that helps debugging Metro style applications. Its main purpose is to enable debugging when developers want to test how their applications respond to the new Metro style capabilities without having a device that supports those capabilities. It is implemented as a ...

Debugging Contracts using Windows Simulator

All of you might be pretty busy discovering what Windows 8 has to offer. Today I will introduce you to debugging Contracts, one of the cool features in Windows 8. It is hard to debug contracts when you are debugging locally because they disappear as soon as the focus is lost. So, as you hit a breakpoint in Visual Studio for your app, the ...

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 – now available on Microsoft Update

As of today, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 is now available through Microsoft Update. If you have opted into Microsoft Update and haven’t installed SP1 yet, you will soon have it offered to you. The service pack was initially released in March and includes some often requested feature improvements, fixes that improve reliability as well as the most...

An update on Visual Studio performance

I wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has contributed to our UserVoice performance site by entering areas you would like to see us improve and for voting on those items.  To date we have had over 4700 posts and votes showing the passion you all have for Visual Studio and its performance.  For those that have downloaded the Visual ...