With the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 8 Beta, Microsoft has also showcased a pile of two most-important products for Microsoft-focused developers. Visual Studio 11 Beta, Team Foundation Server 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta are on the list for a peek at the features.
Visual Studio 11 Beta comes with a clean and professional less colorful UI and iconography allowing a choice between a light and dark color theme. Beyond the user interfaces changes, there are many features and improvements on this release. The overall environment has been streamlined with simplified toolbar and buttons, a lightweight Find dialog, and less tab clutter by previewing files rather than opening them during debugging.
.NET Framework 4.5 includes a number of core improvements on performance, compatibility, garbage collection and other optimizations. A subset of the .NET Framework 4.5 Beta is available for building Metro style apps for Windows by using C# or VB. It provides several new features and improvements for parallel computing. These include improved performance, increased control, improved support for asynchronous programming, a new dataflow library (TPL Dataflow), and improved support for parallel debugging and performance analysis. It further includes portable libraries which is a recommended way to create managed assemblies that can be referenced and run without modification on a variety of target platforms, including Windows 8, Windows Phone, Silverlight, XBOX 360 and .NET.
Visual Studio 11 Beta has several compatibility improvements. Visual Studio 11 still remains codename, and the official product name is expected to be different, something like Visual Studio 2012, reminds Zander. Downloads are available from the main website. These downloads are available under “Go Live” license, meaning they can immediately be used in production environments and will be supported by Microsoft.
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