I’m excited to announce the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2013, .NET Framework 4.5.1 and Team Foundation Server 2013! The release is available for download now on the Visual Studio product website and is a “go-live” release. Starting today, developers can also download Windows 8.1 RTM via their MSDN and TechNet subscriptions.
The RC release is the next big step toward the release of Visual Studio 2013. Today I am also excited to announce that Visual Studio 2013 will RTM at Windows 8.1 GA and the Visual Studio 2013 Virtual Launch will be held on November 13th, 2013! Available online around the world, more details can be found on the virtual launch event on the events page.
Trying out the Bits
The Visual Studio 2013 RC can be installed on top of the Visual Studio 2013 Preview or side-by-side with Visual Studio 2012. Please note that Windows Store app development with Visual Studio 2013 RC requires Windows 8.1 RTM, which is available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, starting today. (Visual Studio 2013 RC does not support Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview.) For Windows Azure developers, the VS 2013 RC supports the same July Azure SDK (version 2.1) as the VS 2013 Preview.
For more details, see the Visual Studio 2013 RC system requirements and platform compatibility site.
New Features in the Visual Studio 2013 RC
Visual Studio 2013 contains great new features for developers across all Visual Studio languages and platforms. I talked about many of the new features in my post on the Visual Studio 2013 Preview in June. Features like synchronized settings, peek definition in the editor, UI responsiveness tools for XAML and HTML apps, async debugging, and Azure Mobile Services integration provide enhancements across a wide range of developer scenarios.
Today, I’ll take a look at a few of the features that are new to the Visual Studio 2013 RC release. For even more on Visual Studio 2013 RC, check out the “What’s New” page.
One of my favorite improvements in Visual Studio 2013 RC is the enhancements to the XAML editor. Developers are authoring XAML for many of our platforms, from WPF to Silverlight to Windows Phone to Windows Store.
In the RC, we’ve added IntelliSense for Data Binding to the XAML editor. This works with a DataContext defined in the markup, or with a design-time DataContext for cases where the context is provided in code-behind.
We’ve also added support for Go To Definition for Resources, Bindings, Properties and XAML Elements. For example, if you Go To Definition on a Resource:
You are taken to the definition of that Resource.
For much more detail on these improvements, see Harikrishna Menon’s post on the Visual Studio blog: XAML Editor Improvements in Visual Studio 2013.