NTVS, short for Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, offers Node.js developers a fully featured IDE complete with Intellisense, package management, profiling, and debugging. NTVS is a joint effort by Microsoft’s Python Tools team, RedGate, Clickberry, and others.
The recently released Visual Commander Professional v1.3 includes 99 commands, 50 extensions including syntax highlighting for C#. It also provides an ability to select default language for new commands and extensions by selecting the macro language in addition to several improvements.
The recently released List & Label 19 provides support for report parameters, collection variables, new chart types such as combined, stacked, funnel, pipeline, shapefile and donut in addition to support for OData and REST data providers.
A new CTP for Visual Studio 2013 allows developers to sample increased support for modern C++11/14 features. The CTP can be used with both Visual Studio Express and VS2013 Professional or greater.
ComponentOne has recently released Studio Enterprise 2013 v3 with a new ThemeRoller for ASP.NET, mobile controls, support for Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 in addition to a new project template based on Bootstrap theming framework.
Telerik has released an update to their RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX Q3 2013 control suite with support for Visual Studio 2013 and Internet Explorer 11 including several new features and bug fixes.
Since 2010 the Power Productivity Tools have been Microsoft’s test bed for new Visual Studio features, some of which were incorporated in VS. This new version for VS 2013 brings 11 new and updated features including the ability see documentation without leaving the code editor.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio Online which brings a form of the its popular software development IDE to the web. As part of this release small teams of developers can use this service for free, and use it from non-Windows based clients.
Xamarin partnerships with Microsoft to let developers build iOS and Android applications in Visual Studio. Xamarin University teaches developers how to do that.
Microsoft has released Windows Azure SDK 2.2 with support for integrated sign-in, Visual Studio 2013 in addition to the ability to filter subscriptions/regions. The latest update also provides a set of pre-configured VM images of VS 2013 available within the Windows Azure Management Portal for use by MSDN subscribers.
When writing an add-in or extension for Visual Studio developers have traditionally had to choose between EnvDTE and the IVs interfaces. In an attempt to create library that is both more powerful than EnvDTE and easier to use than IVs interfaces, Clarius Labs is offering what they call “Clide: An Enjoyable Visual Studio Automation API”.
Microsoft has deprecated the Visual Studio Add-in infrastructure. According to MSDN, “Visual Studio add-ins are deprecated in Visual Studio 2013. You should upgrade your add-ins to VSPackage extensions.”
Visual Studio 2012 & 2013 both receive new enhancements. Visual Studio Tools for Git hits the 1.0 milestone and is now available for VS2012. And a couple of IDE enhancements help VS2013 RTM evolve.
The recently released Visual Studio 2013 includes new project templates with several improvements which enables developers to build projects and applications faster.
The arrival of VS2013 RTM brings several performance enhancements to production. Microsoft intends for these to benefit all developers using larger solutions. Complementing this are several more refinements for C++ developers over what was found in VS2012.