Microsoft is nearing completion of its fourth and final update for Visual Studio 2012 before it completely Visual Studio 2013 and beyond only. The VS team has adopted a rapid quartlety release cycle. Quite impressive considering the complexity of their software suite. The ultimate goal of the VS team is to have developers move to subscription model of their Visual Studio software rather than buying a full license of a certain version.
While Visual Studio 2012 may continue to receive bug fixes and security updates, “future investments will focus on new scenarios delivered by Visual Studio 2013,” a spokesperson noted.
Microsoft also made improvements to the development experience for those using XAML to build Windows Store apps, according to officials. There are “significant” performance improvements for the XAML designers in Visual Studio and Blend, as well as general XAML editing in Visual Studio, with the inclusion of IntelliSense for data binding and resources.
Visual Studio 2013 and .Net 4.5.1 are both expected to be released in final form before the end of this calendar year. Microsoft is expected to deliver near-quarterly updates to Visual Studio 2013, the same way it did with Visual Studio 2012, as part of its strategy to roll out new versions of many of its core products more quickly.
Microsoft has not yet announced when the final version of update 4 will be released, but it is expected to around holiday 2013.