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Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 Available Wednesday

Microsoft is slated to release Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 on Wednesday, providing developers with the final tools for building Windows 8 applications. The tooling comes roughly two months prior to October 26, the general availability date of the Windows 8 operating system, according to Microsoft.

The company is altering its standard procedure of first dibs for MSDN subscribers and instead, making the Visual Studio 2012 tooling available to all developers on August 15. MSDN subscribers will, however, gain access to the Windows 8 RTM on Wednesday.

Windows 8, which was released to manufacturing at the beginning of August, will be available so that MSDN developers can build and finalize applications. (That does not include Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 for ARM-based tablets, according to Microsoft.) The company is also planning to release the Windows 8 RTM to TechNet subscribers on Wednesday so that IT professionals can begin testing the new operating system.

On tap for general release tomorrow are the final versions of Visual Studio 2012, .NET Framework 4.5, Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Server and the Visual Studio 2012 Software Developer Kit. The free Visual Studio Express 2012 tools for Windows 8 (metro-style apps) and the Web will also be available.

The free Express tools for Windows Desktop (originally dropped from the lineup and added after developers balked) and Windows Phone are expected later this fall, according to Microsoft Corporate Vice President S. Somasegar, who heads the Developer Division.

Visual Studio 2012 supports Office 2013 and Windows Phone 8 development but the tooling for the upcoming Office and the Windows Phone platforms is not part of the August 15th downloads, according to Jason Zander, Microsoft corporate vice president of the Visual Studio team. A preview of the Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 was released last month when the company officially introduced Office 2013 along with the new Cloud App Model for extensibility across client applications and the Web in Office and SharePoint 2013.

Microsoft is also promoting a Visual Studio 2012 Virtual Launch Event that will be streamed live for developers worldwide. Somasegar and Zander are hosting the event. It's scheduled for September 12; the same day that Apple is rumored to be launching iPhone 5 and other products.

It's important to note that Visual Studio 2012 requires .NET 4.5, which is an in-place upgrade. Some developers are reporting potential issues with "Targeting .NET 4" and bug fixes in .NET 4.5 that could cause problems in applications that run on Windows XP, for example.

Are you developing for Windows 8? Express your thoughts on the release of Visual Studio 2012 and app development for Windows RT and other Microsoft platforms. Comment below or reach me on twitter @RichardsKath.

Posted by Kathleen Richards on 08/14/2012 at 12:54 PM

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Aug 24, 2012

UI is total suckage.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Charles Michigan

I have been developing for the past 6 hours in VS 2012. It is extremely fast. The RC was horrible. I definately recommend getting it.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Kathleen Richards United States

Windows Server 2012 is likely to become available for TechNet customers with volume licensing this week, according to a Microsoft spokesman. General availability is Sept. 4.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Azad US- NY

Any word on windows server 2012. I still do not see this in Technet.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 usmughal2

On the Hub wrotes on Fb "Hey everyone, we know you're as excited for Windows 8 on DreamSpark Premium as we are. It won’t be here today, but you will be the first to know when we make it available, promise!" Source https://www.facebook.com/onthehub.network?ref=ts BTW ! On the Hub is the third party which provides portability to Dream Spark Premium

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Express is available but when will VS2012 be available on DreamSpark? Sometime today?

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Nic USA

Anyone know when VS2012 will be available on Dreamspark or Dreamspark Premium?

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Sandy

I don't see the final release of VS 2012 and product keys for Windows 8 RTM on MSDN subscriptions yet ?.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

I think I am clse to giving up. An error occurred while processing your request.

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Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Where is the linke to Server 2012. Does anyone see it? I sure don't

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

What a joke I have beeb trying to download for over 20 mins now still errors.. What a disappointment Microsoft..

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Charles Michigan

I was able to download everything. I went back to refresh the page and all I got was errors. GL

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

I am also getting server erros, cannot download VS 2012 or Windows 8. and to Boot there is still no link for Server 2012 RTM. Don;t you think the timeout are a little embarrasing and not so encouraging for us that are excited to switch to Server 2012..

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

I keep getting service errors right now. Websites must be slammed already.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Ano

I got my VS 2012 Ultimate download finished. Apparently the file size is only 1.6 GB or so. This one looks smaller than its predecessors.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Nic USA

Anyone know when VS2012 will be available on Dreamspark or Dreamspark Premium?

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Charles Michigan

I am referring to VS 2012. I do not have access to windows 8 download yet, although I see the keys and Windows 8 but no download button.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Andy Uk

On technet as well now, do the search method.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Charles Michigan

Yes I am slowing down at 800mb downloaded. Website is stalling as well.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Ken US

I see the Keys now but can't get them yet

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Ano

@Piter, you have to search for it in the search box. It doesn't show on the main page yet.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Ano

It started downloading fast but looks like leeches are waking up all over the world. ;)

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Piter Texas

It's 9:58 PDT, Nnthing yet, I can't confirm Charles & Ano comments.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 WOW ITS ALIVE

wow. seriously, its there now. search for windows 8 or link: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/#ProductFamilyId=481

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Is it on technet yet?

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Charles Michigan

Its there and its downloading fast

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Ano

I can see it now on my msdn subscription. Its there now!! wooohooo

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

All very sad, will pick it up some point later this month

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Charles Michigan

Nope still not there.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Angry

Just announced on MSDN - DL link is there!

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Charles Michigan

If it is ok with everyone, let me download first then you all can download.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

4am Thursday the 16th in Auckland, NZ now. Wish they would hurry up!

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

After 9am in Redmond now, not long to go.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

No link yet. Lately late in everything!

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Oh no... 1 PM EST is actually 2 PM today in the Eastern US time zone. We're currently on Daylight time (EDT), not Standard (EST). Which is it?!?!? AAAH!!! I've never been so stressed out waiting for such a universally-negatively-reviewed product to come out.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Brennan

It should be available by now. We will all be downloading it all day...

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 STOP SPAM

Stop spamming the comments with unnecessary information! Post when it is available -- nothing more, nothing less!!! (really guys, we all would benefit more)

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Clueless NYC

Maybe its the 15th of october...

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Patience folks. It will be posted to MSDN and TechNet at 10am Pacific. Thats 1pm EST.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 John Houston TX

8 AM at MS and no download... God we're all geeks aren't we?

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

thought he was refering to the source of the 2 week delay :P

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Periods separate independent thoughts.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Ummm, Joel is not saying he chatted with MSDN at 10 am PDT, but MSDN is stating that the release is at 10am PDT

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

I think 10AM PT is the target, not the time the chat took place, but I didn't ace the reading comprehension part of the SAT's

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

"Chatted with MSDN. 10AM Pacific Time" YOU HAVE TIME TRAVEL??? Cause you know its only 7:45AM PDT right?

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Chris RSA

Nothing in South Africa yet either (16:40 CAT).

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Nic USA

@Joel - Thanks for the update... hopefully it's solid!

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Joel

Chatted with MSDN. 10AM Pacific Time

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Andy UK

"Sounds like it may be delayed 2 weeks. Stay tuned..." says who??

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 mistersnappy Seattle

It'll come out some time today, but it'll take forever to download in any case.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Ryan Washington DC

The respective RTMs have leaked...just release the sucker!

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Sounds like it may be delayed 2 weeks. Stay tuned...

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 CP Germany, Berlin

Something new ? Need it :D

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Rob UK

Id say 5pm Uk time when redmond wakes up

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Thomas Canada

good chance its going to come out around 1pm EST

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Nic USA

11:59PM PST??? Calling it a August 15th Release is a bit misleading then, wouldn't you say???

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Microsoft Redmond

MSDN and TechNet Windows 8 RTM will be available at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Still nothing.....

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

9:00am EDT, still no update

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Aadarsh

Download will begin at 10:00 AM as per NEW YORK City's time... Dats what I think.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Jason Camp

Still haven't seen the download yet. 8 AM EST

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Likely Redmond time.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 josh DC

no link yet. 7:50AM EST

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Don't forget that Microsoft is at Redmond, we need to wait till they wake up.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Mukesh India

Evening IST 4:38 P.M. till now no download link for Window 8 RTM

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Charles Michigan

7:00 A.M. E.S.T. In Michigan and no downloads.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Jinal

It's 8:55 PM in Canberra, Australia, and still no sign of downloads being made available on MSDN

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Justin CANADA

Afternoon (PST -08:00 GMT)

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Walter UK

Patiently waiting in the UK! What time can we expect it to appear for download?

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Andy UK

Anyone got a time for the release? Its Wednesday in the UK, and no sign yet.

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