Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 12.0.31101.0 Update 4

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 12.0.31101.0 Update 4
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Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 12.0.31101.0 Update 4 Description

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 12.0.31101.0 Update 4 is a comprehensive suite of tools designed to help software developers create innovative, next-generation applications. It's the perfect work environment for application developers.

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 12.0.31101.0 Update 4 and the .NET Framework 4.5 mark the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft. Designed to address the latest needs of developers, Visual Studio delivers key innovations in the following pillars:

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 12.0.31101.0 Update 4 delivers on the Microsoft vision of smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality, rich user experiences.

-- Democratizing Application Lifecycle Management
Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) crosses many roles within an organization and traditionally not every one of the roles has been an equal player in the process. Visual Studio Team System continues to build the platform for functional equality and shared commitment across an organization's ALM process.

-- Enabling emerging trends
Every year the industry develops new technologies and new trends. With Visual Studio and .NET Framework, Microsoft delivers tooling and framework support for the latest innovations in application architecture, development and deployment.

-- Inspiring developer delight
Ever since the first release of Visual Studio, Microsoft has set the bar for developer productivity and flexibility. Visual Studio continues to deliver on the core developer experience by significantly improving upon it for roles involved with the software development process. .NET Framework contains numerous improvements that make it easier to develop powerful and compelling applications.

-- Riding the next generation platform wave
Microsoft continues to invest in the market leading operating system, productivity application and server platforms to deliver increased customer value in these offerings. With Visual Studio and .NET Framework customers will have the tooling support and the platform support needed to create amazing solutions around these technologies.

-Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional-

Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional is an integrated testing toolset that delivers a complete plan-test-track workflow to enable in-context collaboration between you and your developers, greatly increasing your visibility to the overall project.

Make a sustainable impact to software quality with Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional 2010, the integrated testing toolset that delivers a complete plan-test-track workflow. File high quality bugs with rich diagnostics for your developers. Take full advantage of a task-driven user interface and features like Fast Forward for Manual Testing so you can focus your time and energy on high-value tasks.

With tight integration to Team Foundation Server you will gain in-context collaboration between all team roles, greatly increasing your visibility to the overall project while providing full traceability of user stories and requirements, progress reports, and real-time quality metrics. Test Professional helps you make informed, timely decisions to drive down the risks associated with your software releases.


- A match made in developer heaven
- With Visual Studio 2008, you can easily use your development skills to target Windows, the world's most widely used operating system. Integrate peripherals, local storage, and heterogeneous systems to deliver differentiated applications--and combine the performance of the rich client with the best of the Web.
- Performance as powerful as your imagination:
- Leverage local storage and local resources such as peripherals for high-performance and occasionally-connected applications.
- Create data-driven applications with ease:
- Through LINQ, perform query, set, and transform operations using familiar object-oriented languages like Visual C# and Visual Basic.
- Deliver the best of Windows and the Web :
- Create client applications that utilize Web services--or create offline tools that are complementary to Web-based applications.
- Do less grunt work :
- The .NET Framework provides a huge variety of pre-built services and classes that help you work more efficiently.
- Know it now :
- Intellisense makes you more efficient, providing inline code guidance right there in the editor--no more paging back and forth to documentation.
- Easily create rich user experiences :
- Collaborate more effectively and efficiently with designers through integration between Visual Studio and Microsoft Expression.
- Take quality to a new level :
- Use integrated debugging and static code analysis to improve quality early and often.
- Stand out from the crowd
- The Web is one of the most exciting--and competitive--platforms for software development today. Pull away from the pack in every respect--visual design, user experience, performance, and utility--and get your applications out there faster with Visual Studio 2008.
- Enhance form and function :
- Use Microsoft Silverlight, a standardized, cross-platform presentation layer to deliver user experiences that combine visual excitement with powerful functionality.
- Use the latest technologies :
- More easily deploy AJAX with Intellisense and inline debugging for JavaScript.
- Watch what you're doing :
- Use split-window XML and CSS designers to see the effects of code changes on the visual experience, immediately in the designer.
- Tame CSS :
- Examine CSS dependencies down to individual objects with the intuitive CSS Properties and Manage Styles tools.
- Fear no wireframe :
- ASP.NET provides services and classes that make managing complex Web sites and applications easy, such as Master Detail Pages for flexible site templates.
- Play with your games
- Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional developer, Visual Studio helps bring your game experiences to life exactly as you imagine them. Wow players with sophisticated gameplay and visual experiences and get your games to market faster.
- Share your passion :
- Talk and share games with an active community of creators and players.
- Reduce time-to-awesome :
- Use the fast and powerful Visual Studio 2008 IDE to get your games up and running and take advantage of performance-tuned libraries.
- Reach more eyeballs :
- Develop for PC, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Zune--and distribute your games through Xbox LIVE Marketplace
- Take your software breakthroughs mobile
- Windows Mobile is a rich platform for mobile applications. Visual Studio 2008 helps you build them faster and better using the same code editor, designers, and debugging tools you would for creating other application types.
- Make the most of device resources :
- The .NET Compact Framework is optimized for the smaller memory and lower processor speeds of mobile devices.
- Build advanced mobile applications quickly :
- A huge variety of pre-built classes and objects help you quickly integrate data, services, and cross-platform and cross-device communication.
- Make your work more accessible :
- Windows Mobile provides the familiar Windows client computing experience on a mobile, giving your application broader reach.
- Familiar applications, new tricks
- Extend the Microsoft Office System using Visual Studio 2008 to create information worker solutions that are innovative, yet immediately familiar and easy to use. Plus, you can reach a huge base of Office System users whether you work inside an enterprise or as an independent vendor.
- Build with open standards :
- Microsoft Office 2007 System documents are based on OpenXML, which supports data-sharing among Office system applications and enterprise systems.
- Get a head start with a proven platform :
- Add job- or vertical-specific functionality to the familiar applications information workers use every day.
- Work smarter :
- Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition includes templates for creating Office system add-ons.
- Start with a rich user interface :
- Integrate your solutions into the Office system visual environment including the Office Fluent interface and the Ribbon.
- Work faster :
- The .NET framework provides pre-built services for controlling, connecting, and securing Office System add-ons.
- Connect users to data :
- Language Integrated Query (LINQ) makes it easy to incorporate any type of data into your application without learning specialized languages or methods.
- Set the controls for the heart of the datacenter
- With rapidly evolving technology options--Web services, cloud computing, virtualized desktops, and more--server development has never been more rewarding or challenging. Visual Studio 2008 helps you create interoperable, data-rich services quickly and efficiently, minimizing grunt work and supporting your next-generation innovations.
- Maximize application performance :
- Leverage the 64 bit capabilities of the .NET framework.
- Enhance interoperability :
- Create connected applications using standards-based messaging protocols (such as SOAP and REST) with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).
- Incorporate data easily :
- Integrate data calls into the flow of code with LINQ, a set of language extensions to Visual Basic and Visual C#.
- Go big :
- Create more scalable applications with Windows Workflow Foundation.
- Fly in the cloud :
- Take advantage of the Microsoft Azure, an Internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers.
- Give your team the power to succeed with an application lifecycle management solution
- Visual Studio 2008 Team System enables team members to continuously collaborate while relying on complete tools and guidance through every step of the development lifecycle. The results are cost savings, faster time-to-market, and improved application quality.
- Use the process that's right for you :
- Team Foundation Server provides templates for popular ALM processes and can be extended to work with your other methodologies.
- Manage code more effectively :
- Comprehensive source control, code checkout and bug tracking tools help you tame complex projects.
- Provide specialists with the right tools for the job :
- Visual Studio Team System provides multiple editions to meet the needs of professionals on your team architects, developers, database experts, and testers.

News in Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 12.0.31101.0 Update 4:

- With CodeLens indicators you can learn about your code while staying focused on your work. You can find code references, changes to your code, related TFS items, and unit tests ├óÔé¼ÔÇ£ all without looking away from the code.
- Reduced data storage requirements for CodeLens with TFVC:
- The size of CodeLens data stored in the TFS database has been reduced. The data has been reformatted and duplicated information removed.
- By default, CodeLens now only processes changes from the last 12 months to calculate team indicators. You can change this duration by using the TFSConfig CodeIndex command.
- GPU Usage:
- A new GPU Usage tool in the Performance and Diagnostics hub helps you determine whether the CPU or the GPU is the performance bottleneck. This tool lets you collect and analyze GPU usage data for DirectX applications.
- You can use this tool for both Windows Desktop and Windows Store apps; support for Windows Phone and remote diagnostics will ship in a later release. You can also inspect the timing of each individual GPU event if a supported graphics card is present and latest drivers are installed.
- Faster browsing:
- Visual Studio now scans or rescans large solutions and updates the symbol database more quickly. Browsing should be more responsive, and operations such as Go To Definition should not be blocked, even if the database has not been completely updated. A non-blocking message will warn you that your results may be inaccurate.
- You can now get IntelliSense in JavaScript modules loaded with RequireJS.
- JSON Editor Improvements:
- We made a few improvements in the JSON editor, including loading the JSON schema asynchronously, caching child schemas, and improving IntelliSense. We also have the following new features:
- JSON Schema validation. We added a JSON schema validation feature, based on the schema selected in the drop-down list.
- Un-minify the context menu button. You can right-click the JSON editor and select Un-minify context menu button to un-minify any long arrays in the JSON file.
- The Reload Schemas context menu button. Visual Studio caches the schema downloaded from internet, and will use the cache even after you restart Visual Studio. If you know the schema has changed, you can use the context menu to download the changed schema in the active JSON document and use it immediately.
- HTML Editor Improvements:
- We improved the HTML editor with some bug fixes, updated IntelliSense for web standards, and introduced the following new features:
- Better client template formatting. The HTML editor no longer parses or formats double-curly syntax {{├óÔé¼┬ª}}, so we don't flag the content as invalid HTML or try to format it as HTML. This is great for Angular, Handlebars, Mustache and other double-curly template syntaxes.
- Support for custom elements, polymer-elements and attributes.
- We no longer validate unknown attributes for custom elements, because there can be many custom-made tags in different frameworks. There will no longer be squiggles under the unknown elements.
- HTML element tooltips. We now supply tooltips for HTML elements in the editor.
- #region support. The HTML editor now supports region folding. You can use a surrounding snippet to surround the current selection as well.
- viewport fix for the LESS editor. In the LESS editor, @viewport no longer shows verification warnings.
- Many more snippets. We now provide more snippets to make your developing experience easier.
- CSS auto-sync. Saving the CSS file or changing it externally (for example, with a LESS/SASS compiler) causes the whole CSS file to reload in the browser. If the file couldn't auto-sync, Ctrl+S causes an automatic reload without needing to refresh the linked browsers(Ctrl+Alt+Enter). This feature can be disabled in the toolbar.
- Azure WebJobs:
- In Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 we're releasing some new features that will make it easier than ever to build, deploy, and debug Azure WebJobs, and to add background processing to Azure Websites. WebJobs are now represented as nodes in the Visual Studio Server Explorer, so you can link directly to the WebJobs dashboards to see how your WebJobs are running. You can also use the Server Explorer to start and stop continuous jobs and run on-demand or scheduled jobs. We've also enabled one-click remote debugging of continuous WebJobs, so if you need to see how your continuous WebJob is processing incoming queues or blob messages, you can step through your code as it's running live in the cloud.
- WebJobs SDK:
- The WebJobs SDK is pre-installed in the Azure WebJob project templates. As before, you can create a new WebJob project using the Azure WebJob project template.
- ASP.NET MVC 5.2.2:
- Template packages are updated to use ASP.NET MVC 5.2.2. This release doesn't have any new features or bug fixes in MVC. We made a change in Web Pages for a significant performance improvement, and have updated all other dependent packages we own to depend on this new version of Web Pages.
- ASP.NET Web API 5.2.2:
- In this release we have made a dependency change for Json.Net 6.0.4. Get more details about what's new in this release of Json.NET 6.0 Release 4. This release doesn't have any other new features or bug fixes in Web API. We have subsequently updated all other dependent packages we own to depend on this new version of Web API.
- ASP.NET Web API OData 5.3.1 beta
- SignalR 2.1.2:
- Template packages are updated to use SignalR 2.1.2.
- Microsoft Owin 3.0 package:
- Template packages are updated to use Microsoft Owin 3.0 NuGet packages.
- With Update 4, Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio has more performance improvements and bug fixes. It is fully compatible with projects that had Application Insights added with Visual Studio 2013.3. This update includes:
- Seamless integration with the workflow to publish to an Azure website
- Improved solution integration and project detection. (For example, Application Insights is no longer included in unsupported projects like Python.)
- When your developer license is within 15 days of expiring, you will start to see a new notification in the notification hub. Click the notification when you're ready to renew your license, and then click I Agree on the renewal window. You must have an internet connection to renew your license. After your license expires, you won't be able to debug or deploy your Windows Store apps, or open the XAML or HTML designers.
- Improve the process of managing the release of your app. Deploy your app to a specific environment for each separate stage. Manage the steps in the process with approvals for each step. Get started with Release Management.
- You can create release templates that use deployment agents to deploy your app, or you can create release templates that use Windows PowerShell, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), or Chef. To help you know which type of release you are setting up, terms have been added to the UI to make your choices clearer: agent-based or vNext (without agents). This simply helps you identify that you are using the correct environments and components for your release templates and release paths.
- Release to Azure from Visual Studio:
- You can now create a release definition directly from within the Visual Studio IDE using Release Management as a service with a Visual Studio Online account. You must use an Azure subscription to deploy to your Azure VMs with this release definition.
- Use tags when you deploy to an environment:
- Now you can use tags with the servers in your Azure or standard environments when you deploy without agents. For example, if you have multiple web servers in your environment then you can tag them all with WebServer. Set up your deployment actions for your tags. When a stage is deployed, these actions are performed on any server with this tag. So you only have to create the set of actions once for multiple servers.
- With tags you can also switch the deployment order from parallel to sequence.
- Access to system variables for your deployment sequences or scripts:
- By popular user demand, you can now access system variables just like other configuration variables and use them in your release template if you deploy without agents. You don't have to hardcode these any more.
- Supported variables:
- Build directory
- Build number (for component in the release)
- Build definition (for component)
- TFS URL (for component)
- Team project (for component)
- Tag (for server which is running the action)
- Application path (destination path where component is copied)
- Environment (for stage)
- Stage
- Release id
- Release name
- Reduce the need for configuration files to deploy your builds:
- If you deploy without using agents, you can now set up configuration variables for your release at the following levels: global, server, component, action. This extra flexibility means you might no longer need to maintain configuration files with your build. If variables have the same name, the value is determined based on this order of precedence: action, component, server, global. (Action has the highest precedence to override the other values).
- Manual intervention for a release path:
- Now you can add manual steps to a stage in any release path, even if you deploy without agents. Add a manual intervention activity into your deployment sequence. When the notification is triggered in that sequence, the deployment pauses and you can run some manual steps before continuing with the rest of the automation for the release path.
- Build drops stored on TFS servers:
- If you have set up your build definition to copy the build output to the server and not a UNC path, you can now use these builds that are stored on the server if you deploy your app without agents.
- Deploy from a build drop using a shared UNC path:
- You can now use Release Management to deploy to servers using build drops located on a shared UNC path. You can deploy only if both the target server and the Release Management server have access to the shared UNC path, and you deploy your app without deployment agents.
- Usability improvements:
- You can now select servers and components from the drop-down list in the action for all types of release templates. You can also give actions friendly names to make it easier to identify them.
- Mix and match Azure and standard environments:
- Previously for a release path that deployed to servers without agents, each stage in the path could only use either all Azure environments or all standard environments. Now you can mix and match your environments. For example, your test stage might deploy to an Azure environment, but your production stage deploys to on-premises production servers using standard environments.
- Find out quickly if a test case belongs to other test suites:
- As test cases can belong to more than one test suite, it's good to check if there are any other associated test suites before you make changes to a test case. Now you can quickly view all the test suites associated with a test case.
- View recent test results for a test case:
- Quickly see the test result history for a test case to see if it has passed or failed recently. Just select the test case, view the details pane, and choose test results.
- Real-time lightweight charts to show testing status:
- Now you can create snapshot and trend charts for test cases from the Charts tab in the test hub. You can also create snapshot charts for test results. Pin these charts to your home page so that all the team can see the test status.
- Filter by tags in the test hub:
- Tag test cases in a suite with any tag that is important to you. For example, tag all the tests related to login so that you can rerun these tests if a bug is fixed for the login page. Then you can filter on that tag from the test hub. You can add and edit tags when you edit a test case, or bulk edit tags in the grid view.
- Review and merge code with Git pull requests:
- Pull requests are a critical component of the developer workflow in Git. Now developers can use pull requests to help review and merge their code. Pull requests enable developers working in branches to get feedback on their changes from other developers before adding their code into the mainline. Any developer participating in the review can see the code changes, leave comments in the code, and give a ├óÔé¼┼ôthumbs up├óÔé¼┬Ø approval.
- Plan and track work:
- The many small improvements to Team Foundation Server (TFS) with Update 4 help make it easier for you to use our tools to get your work done faster.
- Visualize trends and aggregate field values:
- Query-based chart authoring now includes trend charts: Stacked Area, Area, and Line. You can visualize trends across a one-week, two-week, or four-week time range. Also, in addition to field counts, you can now sum a field value across work items returned in a flat-list query. These new chart types can be pinned to your home pages too. Learn more about how to view the status of your progress.
- Quickly reorder backlog items:
- If you had a large backlog, it was hard to drag and drop items to a different position. The context menu for backlog items now contains options to move an item directly to the top or to a specific position in the backlog. Be aware that with this change, we removed the field that tracks backlog priority from the work item forms in the default TFS process templates.
- Full screen mode support for backlog views, boards, queries:
- If you're running a daily standup or viewing large backlogs, it's useful to be able to maximize the screen space and see as many items at once. Now you can hide all the chrome in the UI and have full-screen views of the backlog and boards. The toggle to enter full screen mode works for all the pages under the Backlogs and Queries tabs in the Work hub. Press ESC to return to the full work item view.
- Full screen mode support for all HTML/rich-text fields:
- You can now enter full screen mode for rich-text fields to help improve the readability and usability. For example, the Steps to Reproduce field can be maximized as shown below. The button toggles the text area between full screen mode and the work item view. Press ESC to return to the full work item view.
- Better triage experience:
- To improve the triage experience when you review query results, you can go back to the query by pressing Alt+Q. This keeps your position in the query
- Assign backlog items to iterations within hierarchical views:
- From hierarchical views, you can now assign product backlog items to iterations with drag and drop
- In-line search for area and iteration fields from the work item form:
- Often when triaging or assigning work items it's necessary to change the area and/or the iteration path. Finding the path you want in large, deeply nested trees can be difficult. With inline search, values that match what you type are instantly highlighted. For example, type Team to highlight all path entries that contain the work Team in their name
- Open hyperlinks quickly:
- If you have a hyperlinks defined within an HTML field, press the CTRL key and click the link. Previously it was a two step process to click the link, and then click the ├óÔé¼┼ônavigate to├óÔé¼┬ª├óÔé¼┬Ø command at the top of the text area.
- Teams choose whether or not to track bugs on their backlog:
- Teams now have greater flexibility in how they track bugs. While team projects created with the Scrum process template include bug tracking on the backlog, other process templates don't. Each team can now choose to view the bugs with the product backlog or turn off including them.
- Work item form enhancements:
- Track work and share information more easily using some of the new features listed below and highlighted in the work item form pictured.
- Send a nicely formatted email directly from the work item form using the new email icon.
- Return directly to the query result you navigated from. If you like to use the keyboard, press ALT+Q. Or you can use the browser back button to do the same thing. This keeps your position in the query.
- Enter full screen mode from all queries and all work items. Just click the command in the toolbar to remove all the chrome and maximize your screen real estate.
- Open a work item in a new browser tab with the context menu command for query results.
- Copy and paste of query results now formats the results much better for pasting into email or a document.
- More items in your Kanban board:
- There is no longer a hard limit on the number of items in the first and last columns of the Kanban board. Now you can configure this limit to have up to 999 items.
- Easier way to link work items:
- In Visual Studio, there has always been a dialog box to find a work item that you want to link to, but with Team Web Access you could only type the work item ID to find it. With Update 4, you get a similar dialog box to find the work item you want to link to. You can run an existing query or find the work item based by searching for its title.
- With Update 4, all access levels have been renamed. The new names correspond to the same names used for Visual Studio Online licensing.
- Stakeholder (previously was Limited)
- Basic (previously was Standard)
- Advanced (previously was Full)
- With this change, the feature set support for the Stakeholder access has been enhanced. Stakeholders have access to the project home page and most of the ├óÔé¼┼ôwork├óÔé¼┬Ø related functionality. This includes the ability to view the backlog, add and edit items, run work item queries and more.
- Any number of users can be assigned a stakeholder license at no charge.
- These are the added features for Update 4:
- SQL Server 2014 is now supported.
- Schema compare supports MSBuild with text and XML output.
- Token-based authentication for Azure SQL Database node in Server Explorer is supported - for Microsoft accounts and organizational accounts.
- From the Azure Preview Portal for Microsoft Azure SQL databases, you can now open the database schema directly in Visual Studio.
- Extensibility for Static Code Analysis.
- Filtering for the editable data grid.
- Save your data compare settings to a file (.dcmp).
- Additional actions are available when you connect to the TSQL editor.
- PDW tools are now part of Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop

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