At a Seattle waterfront event today, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2012, the latest version of its software tools to help developers write programs and apps for Microsoft platforms.
(Keynote addresses can be seen here.)
The theme Microsoft execs continuously emphasized at the event was that Visual Studio 2012 was designed to help developers create apps that work on connected devices with continuous services.
Broadly speaking, the new features in Visual Studio 2012 are geared toward three areas, said Jason Zander, Microsoft corporate vice president: new authoring environments for creating apps for Microsoft platforms, enabling teams of software professionals to build high-quality software, collaborate better and release products faster; and increasing developer productivity.
Examples include a Windows 8 simulator that allows developers to simulate Windows 8 touchscreens or different screen sizes, and a simple button that allows developers to temporarily shelve what they’re doing if they’re interrupted and return to the exact same spot afterward.
Microsoft today also launched .NET 4.5, a software framework that helps developers create apps more easily.
[Update 7:50 p.m.: Though today was the formal launch of Visual Studio 2012, it was made available for download to MSDN subscribers four weeks ago. Microsoft says that since that time, there have been more than 600,000 downloads — the fastest adoption of Visual Studio yet.]