Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Formally Released
When Microsoft released VS2012, they expressed a desire to update the product with a regular update tempo. Roughly a month after Update 2's final preview release, Microsoft has released the official Update 2 package for Visual Studio 2012 that includes several new features as well as numerous bug fixes.
Microsoft's S. Somasegar lists the five areas specifically targetted for enhancement with this release:
- Agile planning
- Quality enablement
- Windows Store development
- Line-of-business development
- General developer experience
Beyond all of the features that are included, several issues and bugs discovered in previous iterations of VS2012 have been fixed. Details on these corrected issues is available here. Microsoft's Charles Sterling illustrates some of the ALM features in Update 2, and one new feature of particular importance is TFS2012's compatibility with 2010 build servers. Configuring this arrangement is described in detail by Martin Hinshelwood's blog post. Finally, Brian Harry notes that with Update 2 most (but not all) of the TFS settings are preserved during the upgrade from TFS Update 1 to Update 2.
Update 2 is a cumulative release, meaning that includes all of the benfits of Update 1 so a fresh installation of VS2012 may be directly upgraded without first installing Update 1. An ISO image for installation on non-Internet connected machines is not provided but Microsoft has provided a work-around-- running the Update 2 executable with the "/layout" option which will download all of the files necessary for offline installations (Step by step instructions are listed at the bottom of Update 2's download page). While no formal size is given by Microsoft my local installation indicates roughly 1.8 GB of space is required.