Microsoft and PreEmptive Solutions announced that PreEmptive Analytics and Dotfuscator CE will be included in Visual Studio 2012.
Dotfuscator CE, which has been included with every version of Visual Studio since Visual Studio 2003, "prevents the reverse engineering of Microsoft .NET applications and includes basic application monitoring capabilities."
The Visual Studio 2012 version, renamed "PreEmptive Analytics and Dotfuscator Community Edition," and has been expanded to include exception monitoring and response.
"For the first time, a repository and rules engine that aggregates and analyzes incoming exception alerts will be included with Team Foundation Server 2012. When rules are triggered, work items are created or updated, providing near real-time visibility into production," Microsoft stated.
Dotfuscator Software Services Community Edition is scheduled to ship with all versions of Visual Studio 2012 (other than Visual Studio Express) at no additional charge.
Microsoft also held a company meeting at KeyArena in Seattle, that concluded with the company announcing a surprise package for its employees of tech products and upgrades -- including new Surface tablets for everyone.
According to a report, the company is accelerating the refresh cycle for employees' work computers to move everyone to Windows 8 PCs.
"Normally the refresh cycle is three years, but the company is looking to move employees to the new operating system en masse."
Microsoft employs more than 94,000 people worldwide.
The meeting was internal but did cause quite a commotion in the Seattle area today by locking up the highways (worse than usual) and even prompted local radio stations to alert non-Microsoft employees to stay the hell away from KeyArena.
In addition, "all employees will get new Windows Phone 8 devices for use at work and home. This is what Microsoft did for Windows Phone 7′s release, as well.
All full-time direct, employees (a.k.a. Blue Badges/FTEs) will get a Surface RT machine for use at work and home," GeekWire reports.