Microsoft Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 Available For Download Now, Editor Now Supports Touch Gestures

Microsoft today announced the release of CTP 2 of Visual Studio “14”, the upcoming version of Visual Studio. In addition to the new features that were included in CTP 1, this CTP 2 includes the following new features and improvements,

  • Save and Apply Custom IDE Layouts. You can now save and apply custom layouts for tool windows in the IDE. The Save Window Layout and Apply Window Layout commands are under the Window Menu and you can also rename, reorder, and delete layouts from Manage Window Layouts.
  • Light Bulb Editor Adornment. Light Bulbs are an extensible editor adornment to identify and help you fix issues in your code. To use them, place the caret on a line with an issue or hover over an issue and you’ll see a light bulb that lists actions you can take to resolve the problem and even a preview of proposed solutions.
  • Editor Touch Support. The Visual Studio Editor now supports touch gestures for scrolling, pinch-to-zoom, tap-and-hold for context menus, double-tap for word selection, and line selection by tapping in the margin.
  • VC++ Property Pages and Editor Enhancements. We updated the Configuration and Platform dropdown values for VC++ Property Page dialog to remember the last user selection when the dialog is closed. We also added Move Function Definition (move the body of a function definition to source or header/in-class definition) and Implement Pure Virtuals (quickly create definitions for a class that inherits constructs ([abstract] class, struct, etc.) containing pure virtuals). We also updated Create Declaration/Definition to include Code Peek and improved Find in Files to enable subsequent results to be appended to previous results (“append mode”). Checkout the VC Blog for details on these enhancements.
  • ALL CAPS. Last week with the RC for Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 we added an option to sentence case menus; in this VS “14” CTP we changed Menu Bar styling to Title Case for everyone to help us get feedback on the change. We’ll use the feedback we get to help determine if we keep it as it is in this preview, make it an option under the Tools/Options menu, or take some other path.

You can find a complete list of new features in the Visual Studio “14” CTP knowledge base article. You can download  CTP 2 build or use the VM in Azure.

  • RoadOfMajor

    I love Visual Studio as an IDE, but the Windows 8 App API’s and SDK are so damn limiting, there’s a reason why developers are flocking to other platforms. As of right now, I can’t even write a Windows 8 app that allows the user to choose photos from their C: drive unless they are in specific folders.

    • Asgard

      If you, as a user, have photos somewhere else than photos library where they can also be accessed by any other photo app, you are using Windows wrong these days in the first place.
      These kinds of “limitations” are actually new features, and damn good ones. I’m happy as a user I’m protected against apps misusing my devices. We all know from Windows desktop and Android what kind of hell that is. Apps install where they please, create folders where they please, write useless stuff to registry, install 3rd party crap and so on. If you want all this, use .NET.
      But there are real limitations. For example in networking and database support.

      • NegLewis

        “using windows wrong” … TF?
        I have photos all over my HDD.
        I use a File Indexer that knows where all my files are and access them in a hart beat… photos included.

        • Asgard

          Exactly. You use something else than the Pictures library.

  • freeiam

    bye bye M$ … i switched to Linux :)