Microsoft has released the latest versions of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5, and has promised that they usher in a new world of Windows application development.
The releases are a reflection of how technology and the ways applications are used are changing, according to the company.
"We know the demands on the apps you build and on how you deliver them are constantly evolving with industry trends," said Soma Somasegar, corporate vice president of the developer division at Microsoft.
"[As] your customers evolve, so too do your apps, requiring you to continuously improve and incorporate innovations faster than ever before, with continuous feedback, continuous quality, and continuous delivery."
Visual Studio 2012 then, is designed to be easy to use while delivering exciting applications. With Windows 8 coming soon, Microsoft is keen to remind anyone that will listen about how the pair will let developers create things for a range of platforms.
"Visual Studio 2012 provides best-in-class tools that propel developers to build new apps or evolve existing ones, and it enables individuals and teams to deliver continuous value, with agility and on their own terms," added Somasegar.
"In conjunction, .NET 4.5 provides expansive capabilities for developers working on all forms of apps and services, from client to mobile to web to cloud, while at the same time enabling fast time to market."
An update to Visual Studio 2012 has already been promised. Naturally this is called Visual Studio Update. Somasegar also announced Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop and C# Tools for Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web, the latter being aimed at those who work in the cloud.
Also announced, but not available for another month, is Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012. This will include things like command-line utilities to boost efficiency.
Microsoft said that these will be available for download in October.
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