Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, and aligning with key software development trends in the market.
Modern application lifecycle has been improved in Visual Studio Update 2 with significant improvements to both quality enablement and agile development.
"The new functionality primarily spans "though is not limited to" five areas of investment including: agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development and the general developer experience," Microsoft stated.
Among others, there is a new "VS Blue" theme as well as performance enhancements when it comes to load time in the XAML designer.
Also, added in this release is a new features that lets upgrading TFS using SQL Always On - "We added support to automatically handle upgrading TFS installs using the SQL Always On high availability configuration. In Update 1 it was manual," said Somesagar.
Business Application Development focuses on improving the line of business development and developer experience. Highlights for the line of business developers include: "HTML Client and SharePoint support for LightSwitch."
The developer experience improvements in the IDE now include "a new theme, Code Map debugger integration and performance in key areas areas including XAML design and Code Map rendering," Microsoft adds.
You can grab the VS2012.2 Update from Download Center.
Moving Applications to the Cloud third-rd edition is now available demonstrates how you can adapt an existing on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud by introducing a fictitious company named Adatum that modifies its expense tracking and reimbursement system, aExpense, so that it can be deployed to Windows Azure.
To illustrate the wide range of options and features in Windows Azure, "this guide and the code examples available for it show a step-by-step migration process that includes using Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, and SQL Database," the company stated.
Together with useful information on developing, deploying, managing, and costing cloud-hosted applications, this guide provides you with a comprehensive resource for moving your applications to Window Azure.
Get it here.
Microsoft also announced of ending support for Office for Mac 2008 on April 9th, 2013.
"View the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy for further details, such as the support dates for this product. You can purchase an Office 365 subscription - this includes Office for Mac 2011, as well as all future upgrades to the product. You can also still download updates for Office for Mac 2008 until April 19, 2014, but we recommend you try Office 365 for the best experience," Office for Mac team wrote.
In other Microsoft news, Microsoft may be planning on bringing its own version of Google Glass as early as next year.
Analyst Brian White in a note to investors on Thursday that he believes Microsoft is planning to bring to market a set of Internet-connected glasses next year. If true, that would put Microsoft in a position to compete with Google Glass, a project with a very public presence despite the fact that it is still in development.
"It appears to us that Google has made significant breakthroughs around software applications as it relates to this new product," Brian added. "As such, we believe this initiative will kick off a major push into the field of wearable electronics and therefore will be closely scrutinized."
Recently, speaking at a lecture, Microsoft's Craig Mundie, senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer, mentioned that Microsoft anticipates a shift from the current graphical user interface of simply pointing and clicking to a more natural user interface of simply touch and using human senses.
"We'd really like a computer to be more like us, and through that, we want many more people to get computing capability.. There's no reason to believe that in the future that any person who's buying a television or a cellphone won't inherently be buying a computer," Mundie added during the lecture titled "How Tomorrow's Technologies Will Shape Your World."
Mundie also demonstrated company's current touch capabilities using a 55 inch touch screen to show apps that can analyze and visually represent large sets of data, as well as demoed a video that showcases real-time language translation from voice recognition.
Microsoft on April 9, 2013, will release nine security bulletins: "two Critical and seven Important."
"The critical bulletins address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer, and the seven Important-rated bulletins will address issues in Microsoft Windows, Office, Antimalware Software, and Server Software," MSRC team stated.