Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Delivers "a Wealth of New Functionality"; Microsoft BI Poster; Dynamics GP 2013 GA Dec

The first major update to Visual Studio 2012 dubbed "Update 1" delivers improved Windows and SharePoint application development, agile team support and continuous quality enablement, all designed to help developers jumpstart productivity and drive down risk.With this and future updates, "we're striving to ensure that developers and development teams always have the best solution for […]

The first major update to Visual Studio 2012 dubbed "Update 1" delivers improved Windows and SharePoint application development, agile team support and continuous quality enablement, all designed to help developers jumpstart productivity and drive down risk.

With this and future updates, "we're striving to ensure that developers and development teams always have the best solution for building modern applications and for managing the modern application lifecycle," Microsoft stated.

This approach to delivering updates, integrated directly into the IDE, should make it much easier for developers to keep the Visual Studio client up-to-date.

This update delivers a wealth of new functionality into Visual Studio 2012 and not just fixes. "The new functionality in Update 1 primarily spans four areas of investment: Windows development, SharePoint development, agile teams, and continuous quality," the company blogged.

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Now Available

Visual Studio 2012 Update Roadmap

Also included in the Update 1 is:

  • support for debugging mixed managed/native Windows Store applications
  • improved ARM debugging for Windows 8 apps
  • ability to target XP with C++ applications
  • new SharePoint 2010 development capabilities and other new features.

Update 1 can be installed from within Visual Studio or downloaded from the Microsoft Web site.

You can get the new Visual Studio 2012 now on the Microsoft website (see "Visual Studio 2012 Update 1" under the "Additional software" section) or via the Extensions and Updates dialog in Visual Studio 2012.

And, at SPS IPC Drives, Microsoft shared its vision for how intelligent systems powered by Windows Embedded benefit manufacturing businesses.

Also, said that the release preview of Windows Embedded 8 Standard is available now and affirmed it will be generally available in March 2013.

With Windows Embedded 8," Microsoft is extending the value of Windows 8 to industry devices, supporting leaner, more efficient processes and access to critical data. In Europe alone, Microsoft works closely with partners such as ASEM and vertical solution providers to create intelligent systems for customers," the company stated.

Also, a Microsoft BI poster created for SQL Pass and SharePoint Conference released today shows the most important technologies in the Microsoft BI stack at a glance, arranged in various layers from the data sources all the way up to the client applications and developer tools.

Here's mini-version of the poster as a preview:

Microsoft Business Intelligence at a Glance Poster

The full version "Microsoft Business Intelligence at a Glance Poster" can be downloaded over here.

Microsoft also announced today that the General Availability of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 is scheduled "sometime in December."

"Dynamics GP 2013 is more efficient for hosting and provides our community of partners a transformation engine to move their 500+ industry solutions to the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client," the company said, revealing the figures since mid-September:

  • "450 partner attendees at Technical Airlift (see all the slide decks here)
  • 750 beta downloads
  • 400 partner attendees at Partner Pre-Sales Roadshows across 11 locations
  • 550 customer attendees at GPUG customer event," informs Microsoft.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 includes - the introduction of the GP web client, 125+ functionality enhancements for our 43,000 existing customers, and extending the rich integration Microsoft Dynamics GP has with the Microsoft stack.

GP 2013 GA will come with following opportunity to ERP solution:

  • "Deployed in the environment of their choice (either on premises or in the cloud)
  • With an easy to understand pricing model (New Perpetual Licensing)
  • Allowing for a rapid time to benefit implementation (using our New Rapid Start tools). As a partner these three things allow you to uniquely position your offering to the widest variety of customers," Microsoft wrote.

Finally, Microsoft also revealed that the System Center VMM to improve virtual machine interoperability is working with the OVF community.

"Portability and interoperability of virtualization technologies across platforms using Linux and Windows virtual machines are important to Microsoft and to our customers. To that end, System Center VMM continues to gain valuable interoperability and portability experience using Open Virtualization Format (OVF) with their OVF Export/Import tool and partners such as Citrix and VMware," Microsoft stated.