What’s new in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

For few days was announced the VS 2012 update 2 , like Brian Harry announced http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2013/01/30/announcing-visual-studio-2012-update-2-vs2012-2.aspx


The following technology improvements have been made in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.
Agile planning
These features help provide easy and flexible agile planning for any team.

    Team Foundation Server

    • New work item tags are added to provide lightweight metadata for work items.
    • A Connect dialog box is added to Team Explorer to locate different team project connections and projects.
    • You can now send a work item as an email message in TFS Web Access.
    • The TFS Configuration Wizard and persistent customer settings in upgrades are improved.
    • Servicing is now available in High Availability SQL environments.
    • You can now more quickly and easily customize columns directly through the backlog Kanban board.

Quality enablement
These features help provide lightweight browser-based test management and execution to reduce the time that is required to continuously enable quality in software projects.

    Unit testing

    • Windows Store app unit testing now supports interaction with the UI thread.
    • Windows Store app unit testing now supports the use of an async lambda inside Assert.ThrowsException.
    • New unit test playlists enable the control and execution of a subset of unit tests.
    • Support is now provided for group unit tests by class.

    UI testing

    • Support is now provided for extended cross-browser use.
    • Support is now provided for UI testing for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7.

    Microsoft Test Manager

    • You can now customize resolution states and failure states for test analysis.

    Test Case Manager (Web Access)

    • You can now view and edit test cases in a test plan from TFS Web Access.
    • You can now run manual test cases, and file bugs from TFS Web Access.

Windows development
These following Windows development features are provided:

  • An HTML Visual Profiler to diagnose UI responsiveness issues and latency in visual updates
  • The latest version of the Windows App Certification Kit

Web development
This release also includes ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2. You can find the full details on what is included in the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 release notes. The following includes a few examples:

  • Tooling update that extends the existing Microsoft ASP.NET runtime
  • Improvements to Web Publishing
  • New Web API functionality
  • New templates for Facebook Applications and Sign Page Application
  • Real-time communication through ASP.NET SignalR
  • Extensionless Web Forms through ASP.NET Friendly URLs

Line-of-business development
These features help provide additional capabilities to modernize existing line-of-business (LOB) applications and to create new business applications across connected devices that are powered by continuous services.


    • You can now build cross-browser, HTML-based mobile web apps that can run on any modern device.
    • You can now publish business apps to a SharePoint 2013 app catalog in addition to Windows Azure and Internet Information Services (IIS).
    • Note To learn more about new features and about how to upgrade projects from Preview 2, see this Visual Studio LightSwitch Team Blog article.


    • Support is now provided for web and load testing for SharePoint applications.
    • Support is now provided for record and playback through Coded UI to perform UI validations on SharePoint 2013 applications.
    • IntelliTrace support is the same as that provided in SharePoint 2010.

    Phone tools

    • The program enables unit testing for Windows Phone.
    • The program lets you build and deploy workflows of Windows Phone projects from the command line.

Developer experience
These features provide improvements in the IDE to help create a better and more productive developer experience.

    Blend for Visual Studio 2012

    • Support for Sketchflow, WPF, and Silverlight


    • A blue theme in the Visual Studio 2012 IDE

    Code map

    • Improvements in code map debugger integration and responsiveness

    Workflow Designer

    • Debugging experience improvements that are related to how various data types are displayed in the Locals and Watch windows


    • Improved symbol loading in IntelliTrace and profiler
    • View of nested parameter values in an IntelliTrace log that is collected from System Center

    Performance and reliability

    • Performance improvements in XAML designer load for the following scenarios:
      • Large Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications
      • Working with third-party custom controls

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