Visual Studio 2013 RC

  • 2 minutes to read
  • edit

If you want to build Windows 8.1 apps or just want to see what’s new with Visual Studio and the .NET Framework, you can now download the Visual Studio 2013 RC.

There are a lot of new features and improvements, but almost all of them are aimed at making our life as a developer easier.

If you do any XAML development (and if you’re building on the Microsoft stack today you almost certainly do), there are several improvements, including:

For much more detail on these improvements, see Harikrishna Menon’s post on the Visual Studio blog.

If you want to build modern business applications that can use the power of Office 365 as part of your application, you can use the Office 365 Cloud Business App template. See Soma’s post from Build 2013 for more details about this template.

For C++ developers, Microsoft has made more steps along the roadmap laid out at Build, adding C++ 11 features like using aliases, = default and non-static data member initializers. For more details, check out Herb Sutter’s “The Future of C++” talk from Build.

To me, however, one of the most exciting new features (available in Visual Studio Ultimate) is CodeLens, available for C# and Visual Basic.

Think of CodeLens as a heads-up display for your code. You can use it to get faster answers about the code:

All of this allows you to stay in the editor longer and stay focused on your work. More details about the CodeLens feature are available on MSDN.