2013 Previews of ASP.NET and Web Tools, MDT and UE-V/App-V Betas Released

Preview of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013 , Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 and UE-V/App-V Betas for Windows 8.1; New getting started with Windows 8 for Android developers.

Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview, that contains a few bug fixes, updated templates and Scaffolding for both ASP.NET and Visual Studio is now available for free download.

Microsoft had earlier in the day announced the Preview release of the Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1.

You can download and install of ASP.NET and Web Tools Refresh for Visual Studio 2013 Preview here.

And, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Preview is also released today and includes: "

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1 Preview. (The Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Preview is available on the Microsoft Download Center.)
  • Support for deployment of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8 families of operating systems.
  • Support for zero-touch integration (ZTI) with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Preview."

You can download the installer file and release notes from the Client Management program on Connect in the MDT group.

New members must first join the MDT group of the Client Management program on Connect.

Also, released today is the Beta of the two Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack products for Windows 8.1 preview, User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 and Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 SP2.

In addition, Microsoft also released a public beta of App-V 4.6 SP3 to support App-V 4.6 as well as Windows 8.1.

""UE-V" is an on premise solution that captures and centralizes application and Windows settings for the user. This enables users to change devices without reconfiguring their applications or settings. App-V enables a user's desktop applications to be delivered virtually anywhere, regardless of their device

UE-V 2.0 continues to deliver on these focus area by:

  • "Supporting Windows 8 apps enabling you to personalize these apps across your devices.
  • Providing tools giving you flexibility to control how your own applications and personal settings roam with the new Company Settings Center.
  • Delivering enhancements to the underlying sync engine to optimize the integration and scalability of UE-V with your existing infrastructure," explains microsoft.

And, the "Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)," enables anywhere access to virtualized applications on any authorized PC without application installs. App-V 5.0 SP2 builds on these solutions through the following new features: "

  • Shell extension support, enriching the user experience.
  • Sequencing enhancements, simplifying the virtual application creation process."

You can download the public betas for both UE-V 2.0 and App-V 5.0 SP2.

User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0

To help Android developers, Microsoft published tons of new articles which are now live on the Windows Store apps Dev Center to learn more on how to build apps for Windows."

"You can now access lots of resources on how to develop for Windows, allowing you to reach a new range of devices for your apps and services," the company wrote.