Touring the Windows Phone Dev Center; Microsoft Server and Tools Unit Reorganizes; Visual Studio 2012 RC to RTM Upgrading

Windows Phone Dev Centerdebuted on August 7, with a fresh, new experience, to help you find everything you need to create great apps and make them available to customers. The submission process is faster, and even managing account and track your app's progress is now easier.Microsoft today posted a behind-the-scenes insight into the new Windows […]

Windows Phone Dev Center

Windows Phone Dev Centerdebuted on August 7, with a fresh, new experience, to help you find everything you need to create great apps and make them available to customers. The submission process is faster, and even managing account and track your app's progress is now easier.

Microsoft today posted a behind-the-scenes insight into the new Windows Phone Dev Center. In the video, Ash Wahi, program manager for the new portal, talks about some of the new features and explain a little of the thinking behind them.

Now that Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 have been released, Microsoft today posted a guideline to help those looking to upgrade from the RC to RTM version.

"Some customers are wondering if they need to uninstall the Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC) first before upgraded. In general, the answer is "no". VS2012 RC will upgrade to RTM," Microsoft stated. But there are a few things to note:

  • "You can only upgrade from RC to RTM using the same edition (ex: Ultimate RC to Ultimate RTM).
  • You can only upgrade from RC to RTM on Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2. VS2012 RTM is not supported on the Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) or older, so Windows 8 RTM needs to be installed first.
  • You cannot upgrade from VS2012 Beta to RTM - only from the RC. You can either upgrade from Beta to RC, or uninstall the Beta before installing RTM," the software company explains.

"For the most part, you only need to remove the main program entry in Programs and Features. While we have done a lot to reduce the number of "ARP" entries, some still remain from external partners which are not ref-counted in VS2012," microsoft said.

For more information about compatibility, see compatibility page. If you need to uninstall VS2012 RC, check the at KB2744926.

Also, the Microsoft Server and Tools team has now been reorganized. Satya Nadella remains the President of the unit, but a number of senior leaders reporting to him now have new titles.

"A good chunk of STB (Server and Tools Business) has gone functional up to Satya, so mirroring the (Windows President Steven) Sinofsky world," quoted ZDNet a source.

Here is the full list: (via)

  • Scott Guthrie. New title: Corporate Vice President (CVP) of Program Management. Former title: CVP Azure App Platform
  • Jason Zander. New title: CVP of Development. Former title: CVP Visual Studio
  • Bharat Shah. New title: CVP of Test & Engineering Systems. Former title: ? (not sure of his most recent title)
  • Brad Anderson. New title: CVP of Program Management. Former title: CVP of Management and Security
  • Bill Laing. New title: CVP of Development. Former title: CVP Server and Cloud
  • Craig Fleischman. New title: Partner Director of Test and Engineering Systems. Former title: Partner Director of Test and Operations.