Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 Preview Available at Build Conference

Developers can now download preview versions of Visual Studio 2013 and the next release of the .NET Framework. Microsoft unveiled the new software today at its Build conference, along with the preview of Windows 8.1.

In addition, the third update to Visual Studio 2012 was released. This is mostly focused on bug fixes, but it’s an important update “if you need to be able to ’round-trip’ projects between Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013, or if you want to run Visual Studio 2012 on the Windows 8.1 Preview,” Microsoft Developer Division VP S. Somasegar wrote in a blog post.

In Microsoft’s .NET Framework blog, the company explained that the release focuses on developer productivity and application performance. Under the developer productivity category, improvements include “x64 edit and continue; Async-aware debugging; Managed return value inspection; ADO.NET idle connection resiliency; [and] improvements in Windows Store app development.” Application performance improvements include “ASP.NET app suspension; On-demand large object heap compaction; Multi-core JIT improvements; [and] consistent performance before and after servicing the .NET Framework.”

The download link for the Visual Studio 2013 preview is here. It is available under a “go-live” license. The .Net 4.5.1 preview installs as part of the VS 2013 preview and is also included in all installations of the Windows 8.1 preview. The new .Net preview also is available for separate installation into Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and corresponding Windows Server releases.

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