Visual Studio 11 Beta Released

Make Software Development Fast, Collaborative and Focused

Designing software, creating code and then bringing a product to market is a complex affair — and it’s becoming more complex as software users demand greater integration between applications, across devices and among services. To help integrate cross-functional teams and help developers accomplish goals more efficiently, Microsoft released their new version of Visual Studio.

Visual Studio 11 eliminates the use of color, part of changes providing a clean developer experience.

Visual Studio 11 eliminates the use of color, part of changes providing a clean developer experience.

Visual Studio 11 is an integrated solution that helps individuals and development teams of any size to be productive and focused, to collaborate seamlessly with colleagues, and to turn their ideas into exceptional and compelling applications. The .NET Framework 4.5 enables developers to productively build responsive, scalable and efficient client and server applications. Developers building services for Windows Server and Windows Azure will get the tools they need to effectively harness the power of the cloud.

Get Into the Zone

Visual Studio 11 offers an improved developer experience that includes a simplified user interface designed to keep developers focused on their work, with fewer distractions and easier access to the tools they need.

A number of features were added and improvements made to Visual Studio 11, including the following:

  • Reduced toolbar commands :

    To help free up precious workspace, Microsoft has reduced the number of default commands that show on toolbars in the user interface. These commands can still be accessed through the dropdown menus or added back onto the toolbar if the user wants them, but now the default work area is significantly larger. For example, the cut, copy and paste toolbar commands were removed because research has shown that most developers use the keyboard shortcuts instead.

  • Simplified graphics :

    Visual Studio 11 eliminates the use of color within tools except in cases where color is used for notification or status change purposes. Now, the user interface competes far less with the developer’s content. Other user interface graphics, such as line work and iconography, also have been simplified to be less distracting.

  • Comprehensive search :

    Visual Studio 11 features a comprehensive search capability, allowing developers to quickly find what they are looking for within commands and configuration options, tool windows, and open files.

  • Workflow hubs :

    New workflow hubs combine common tasks into one simplified window. Rather than force developers to interact with two or more tool windows to get tasks done, Visual Studio 11 streamlines common tasks so that many can be accomplished from within a single window.

  • Preview Tabs :

    Developers can view the contents of documents using new Preview Tabs, which get reused as the developer works. As a result, developers no longer end up with large numbers of extraneous documents open as a byproduct of common tasks such as debugging or browsing results.