June 1, 2012 11:56 AM
by Ed Blankenship
Wow! The Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 are now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads! The final marketing names for the former Visual Studio “11” and TFS “11” (as codenames) have been announced with this announcement as well!
As Jason Zander mentioned, that means that the final RTM release will be sometime this calendar year! Check out the new logo too!
Visual Studio 2012 also received a face lift with added “energy” when compared to the Beta release. I think it is looking pretty sharp now!
I won’t go into all of the details of each of the new features introduced in the Release Candidate since there are several folks that have done a great job. What I am a fan of that I’m super glad made it into the release is a new feature of Team Foundation Server 2012 when upgrading for enabling new features in team projects without having to immediately upgrade process templates for each existing team project. Ewald Hofman (former Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio ALM) was able to document this new feature in two great new blog posts:
Check out more coverage here:
There will not be an RC-specific version of the TFS 2012 Power Tools but the Beta release will continue to work with the new version.
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Hi! I am Ed Blankenship and a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online, Team Foundation Server, and the Application Lifecycle Management family of tools. I am an author of a few books, former Microsoft MVP of the Year, and a former ALM consultant.
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