Microsoft delivers first Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 test build

Microsoft delivers first Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 test build

Summary: Microsoft is continuing on its near-quarterly update pace with Visual Studio, rolling out a first preview build of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3.


Just two weeks after releasing the final version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, Microsoft has made available for download a first public preview of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3.


The preview includes improvements in IntelliTrace, CodeLens, debugging and testing tools. Update 3 allows users to now debug x86 applications that are built by .Net Native (Project N).

The preview also includes the ability for Windows PowerShell or the WIndows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) feature to deploy and manage configuration data -- something Microsoft is touting as easing configuration and management of on-premises and Azure virtual-machine-based cloud infrastructure.

Microsoft has published a Knowledge Base article with a full list of the features that are in the first preview of Update 3.

The Visual Studio team has been delivering more rapid, near-quarterly updates that include both fixes and new features for the past couple of years. The team isn't saying when to expect Microsoft to deliver the final version of Update 3.



Topics: Software Development, Microsoft, Windows, Windows Phone


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • I code in Visual Studio, Eclipse, and XCode...

    and it's truly embarrassing how bad XCode is. Apparently there is not A SINGLE INTELLIGENT PERSON OF INFLUENCE within Apple. Otherwise they would have addressed the fact that their IDE is FIFTEEN years behind Visual Studio. And that is literally no exaggeration. Apple simply doesn't get it. There platforms will NEVER gain major adoptance in the corporate world because their development tools are a COMPLETE FUCKING JOKE.
    • bitter true

      I think it's true...