Visual Studio 2012 Update 2
This is a cumulative release that includes Update 1. The functionality in Update 2 focused on four key areas:
- Agile planning
- Quality enablement
- Line-of-business (LOB) application development
- Developer experience
This is not the latest version of Visual Studio. To download the latest release, please visit the current release notes for Visual Studio 2017.
Download Visual Studio 2012
Downloads for earlier versions of Visual Studio are available on my.visualstudio.com. This is a subscription-based site, but anyone can create a free Dev Essentials subscription. Please see the Dev Essentials page for more information.
Released Date: April 4, 2013
What's New in this Release
Visual Studio 2012 introduced a new set of capabilities to support agile teams—on their terms. Update 2 adds new capabilities for your team to customize and get more out of its agile tooling. You can now add customizable columns to your Kanban boards so that they more accurately reflect your organization’s structure. Work item tagging helps teams to manage their work items by adding tags to get more out of their data.
Maintaining quality throughout the development cycle is one of the key focus areas for Visual Studio 2012. In Update 2, you can continue to drive quality wherever you are through web access for Test Case Management. You can author and execute test cases remotely, making it easier for all members of your team to participate in test case reviews. You can also profile your unit tests to create better code by tracking the end to end flow of your code, including the unit test itself.
Line-of-business (LOB) application development
With Update 2 we continue to invest in making it easier for you to develop LOB applications. You can quickly create SharePoint apps and HTML5 client apps using LightSwitch. Just design your app and let the LightSwitch templates provide the fit and finish so you can get your LOB applications running quickly. With the addition of WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow to Blend for Visual Studio, now you have everything you need for designing and coding your desktop applications in Visual Studio.
When you spend a lot of time developing software, you want tools that will provide an enjoyable developer experience. Update 2 includes enhancements and updates to improve the developer experience for Visual Studio 2012. Code map debugger integration gives you a visual representation of your code while debugging so you can identify issues faster. You can also create great apps for Windows Store using profiling enhancements to find issues earlier that could impact your users.