Microsoft starts testing Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

The Visual Studio team is continuing with its seemingly quarterly update pace, delivering the first public test build of the next update for Visual Studio 2012.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor on

Just like clockwork, the Visual Studio team is continuing to push ahead with what look to be quarterly updates to Visual Studio 2012.


On April 15, the team made available for download the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Visual Studio 2012 Update 3.

Microsoft released to manufacturing Visual Studio 2012 in early August 2012. In September, the team announced plans for more rapidly and regularly delivered "updates." These VS updates, which includes new features and not just fixes, are becoming increasingly across the company, with a push to deliver versions of key Microsoft products on an accelerated time table.

Microsoft just made the final release of Update 2 for Visual Studio 2012 available on April 5.

CTP1 of Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 includes some new Team Foundation Server functionality. It also includes fixes for various issues involving the debugger, Web tools, C++ support and more.

I'm curious what Microsoft will be showing off at the Build 2013 conference in late June this year on the Visual Studio front. Will developers get new features as part of Visual Studio 2012 Update 4? Or will Microsoft already be moving on to a whole new VS release (VS Blue?) that will be focused around bringing the Windows Phone 8.x, Windows 8.1 and possibly the next Xbox development experiences more into alignment?

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