Software major Microsoft has released the Visual Studio 2012 Update 1, which is the first in a planned series of upgrades to the software maker’s developer tool suite released in early September.
Incorporating new features, the update part of a new ‘continuous value’ strategy to deliver versions of key Microsoft products on a rapid and regular delivery time table.
The new update spans four areas of investment that include windows development, SharePoint development, agile teams, and continuous quality.
In windows development, the update supports both mixed managed/native Windows Store applications, offers enhanced ARM debugging for Windows 8 applications, allows targeting XP with C++ applications and features new SharePoint 2010 development capabilities.
The Update 1 adds application lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities for SharePoint applications in addition to the earlier ‘Napa’ and Office Developer Tools for suit.
The new update also features many enhancements in the web-based interface for Team Foundation Server, including new methods to generate steer around the user interface, offers more drag and drop support, in addition to enhanced source viewing and diffing experience.
Update 1 allows the suite to support cross-browser testing of ASP. NET applications, its Test Explorer includes custom ‘traits’ and several other enhancements to Microsoft Test Manager, offering continuous quality.