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Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 Previews now available for download #bldwin

Visual Studio 2013

Microsoft has rolled out the preview version of Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1, as promised. Developers can now get their hands on the new Visual Studio 2013 Preview, which comes loaded with several new features.

“Some of the improvements Visual Studio 2013 contains expand on capabilities introduced in the three Visual Studio Updates we’ve released since Visual Studio 2012 was launched, while many of them are brand new experiences designed with modern, connected, robust, and high-performance applications as a focal point. While we’ll be exploring many of these improvements this week at Build, I want to highlight a smattering of the capabilities about which I’m personally excited,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Visual Studio 2013 will feature Agile project management features, improved version control solution, as well as the ability to see key insights into your code that you are working on. There are also improvements to app testing. “We’ve been building out the test case management capabilities to allow you to more fully manage your test plans without having to switch to the Test Professional client. You can now create/modify test plans, suites and shared steps on the web. We’ve also improved test editing by enabling you to add step attachments, use shared steps, parameterize step data and more,” Microsoft explained in an official blog post.

Visual Studio 2013 features a new service called “cloud load testing” which allows developers to load test their apps without configuring any infrastructure. “Just use Visual Studio Ultimate Edition to create a load test and point it at Team Foundation Service and say Go! And soon you have load test results for your application. We think this is going to be particularly valuable for people building Azure applications who want to verify the scalability of their apps before opening them to a broad user base,” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft has also acquired the InRelease release management product from InCycle Software and added that feature to Visual Studio 2013 to allow for better release management. Microsoft has also improved software development team collaboration with this new update.

Hit the download link below to snag the Preview bits.

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