The Microsoft.Bcl.Build package has been updated with support for conditional import and several improvements to those projects which are built using Visual Studio.
Microsoft has had several big announcements for developers: Visual Studio 2013RC is available for download now. Accompanying this release is the availability of Windows 8.1 RTM for developers that subscribe to MSDN or TechNet. This reverses the previous Microsoft position that app developers would have to wait until general availability to get access to a production system.
T4 Editor 2.2.0 enables you to create a library of reusable snippets in addition to an ability to make use of project properties with include and assembly directives, which works not only in the standard IDE but also in the msbuild host. It also includes support for Visual Studio 2013 Preview, new template gallery and F1support for directives.
NuGet 2.7 release was announced this week, with several performance improvements, new extensibility APIs, command-line restore, configuration defaults and several other features. In addition, a package recommendation service, called NuGet Concierge has been launched.
Developers looking for the return of the Visual Studio Setup projects will be disappointed that it will not return in Visual Studio 2013. Instead Microsoft promises an improved InstallShield LE that will be available for both VS2012 and VS2013. InfoQ speaks with InstallShield publisher Flexera Software to learn what is in store.
Big Data analytics startup QuantCell Research has announced the release of the first public beta of what they are positioning as their "Big Data" spreadsheet.
The recently released, Visual Studio Unit Test Generator includes support for multiple test framework and enables you to unit test applications directly from within Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.
Windows Azure SDK 2.1 with VS 2013, VM, Notification Hub, Cloud Services, PowerShell cmdlets Support
Microsoft has released an updated version of Windows Azure SDK with support for Visual Studio 2013, service bus notification hub, cloud services, virtual machines including new cmdlets for PowerShell.
Active development for Visual Studio 2012 is not over yet, as Microsoft announces the release of RC1 for a fourth update. 2012.4 brings a slew of bug fixes and improved compatibility with VS2013.
Crypto Obfuscator for .Net v2013 R2 includes support for code masking, constant field removal, Visual Studio 2012. It also includes Linux and Mono support for automatic exception reporting service including several new additions, improvements, changes and bug fixes.
The recently released ReSharper 8.0 includes support for Visual tudio 2013, XAML, Blue Theme first, IntelliSense, multifile templates including a command line tool, CSS improvements and several bug fixes.
Microsoft announced the release of Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 at the Worldwide Partnet Conference which enables you to create Bings charts in 3D. It also provides an ability to share scenes and tours with other users in your community.
Microsoft has released Team Explorer Everywhere 2012 Update 3 with several bug fixes, updates in addition to support for Eclipse and FreeBSD.
The state of standards compliance with Visual C++ has long frustrated developers looking to use the newest (C++11) and not so new (C99) language features. Microsoft has now announced a road map that indicates when developers can expect to have these features available in a Visual Studio release.