Visual Studio 11 Product Lineup and Platform Support Announced; Visual Studio Express, LightSwitch Now a Core Part of VS

The Visual Studio 11 product line-up, specifications, system requirements and platform you can develop with Visual Studio 11 lets you peek into what you can expect to see in the next release of Visual Studio.Microsoft will also be releasing Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone as part the Visual Studio family. "Visual Studio 11 Express […]

Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support

The Visual Studio 11 product line-up, specifications, system requirements and platform you can develop with Visual Studio 11 lets you peek into what you can expect to see in the next release of Visual Studio.

Microsoft will also be releasing Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone as part the Visual Studio family. "Visual Studio 11 Express products are designed to be simple and easy for building modern applications on the latest Microsoft platforms, including Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure and for the Web," Visual Studio Team stated.

"Express products support multiple languages, specific to each platform. It also provides best-in-class tools for creating Metro style apps for Windows 8, including tools such as Blend, app profiling, unit testing and more," the team adds.

Microsoft also says, Windows Azure tooling will be available in conjunction with the next Windows Azure update. "Until then, you can continue to use Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone to create Windows Phone apps, and Windows Azure SDK for .NET (with Visual Studio 2010) to create Windows Azure cloud services," the team said.

Finally, LightSwitch, is now officially part of the Visual Studio 11 core product family. "LightSwitch features will be available through Visual Studio 11 Professional, Premium, and Ultimate editions," Microsoft revealed.

"With this integration, Visual Studio now provides a comprehensive solution for developers of all skill levels to build line-of-business applications and data services quickly and easily for the desktop and cloud," Microsoft added.

LightSwitch now core part of Visual Studio 11

Mirosoft says, the Visual Studio 11 hardware requirements will be the same as Visual Studio 2010's. "Visual Studio 11 leverages core capabilities that are only present in the latest versions of Windows. For this reason Visual Studio 11 requires Windows 7 or higher to run," added Microsoft.

"To help you take advantage of the latest features, the default target for applications created with Visual Studio 11 will be set to .NET Framework 4.5 (for managed apps) and the VC11 toolset (for native apps). Both will allow your apps to run on Windows Vista and higher. However, if your app needs to run on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, you can still use multi-targeting to make sure your application will run on those platforms too," the team explained.

C++ developers can also use the multi-targeting capability included in Visual Studio 11 to continue using the compilers and libraries included in Visual Studio 2010 to target Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

"Separately, we're evaluating options for C++ that would enable developers to directly target XP without requiring a side-by-side installation of Visual Studio 2010 and intend to deliver this update post-RTM," the team concludes.

For more details visit the Visual Studio 11 website.