The latest version of its Visual Studio 2012 has many of new features and capabilities. Microsoft started it with redesigning the interface of Visual Studio2012. Overall Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 have now new capabilities for Windows 8, the web, SharePoint, mobile, and cloud development.
Microsoft redesigned the Visual studio user interface to streamline everyday tasks and enhancing the productivity. New UI provides easy access to the tools used regularly. Other changes are simplified toolbars, reduced tab clutter and fast way to find snippets and code elements quickly by using improved IntelliSense. All of this should make it easier to navigate application and work the way you like.
Windows 8 introduces a new type of application: the Windows Store app. Windows Store apps have a brand new look and feel, run on a variety of devices, and you sell them on the Windows Store. Visual Studio 2012 also delivers new templates, designers, and testing and debugging tools for the Windows 8 OS, as well as a visual toolkit.
Opening Visual Studio 2010 Projects inside Visual Studio 2012
The great news is that in Visual Studio 2012 you can open Visual Studio 2010 project files (.csproj) and not break them for the rest of your team. And one more thing I realized that you could actaully open Visual Studio 2012 project files inside VS 2010. You can start using today and not be affraid to work right alongside your coworkers which are using old version of Visual Studio. From my experience it works great and we havent yet to run into a single issue working together as a team.
Microsoft.NET Framework 4.5
Visual Studio 2012 is accompanied by a new release of the .NET Framework. .NET Framework 4.5. include changes like improved support for parallelism and IPv6, support for zip compression, HTML 5, WebSockets, and WPF Ribbon bar support. ASP.NET Web Forms has been updated to support the asynchronous modules and handles, lots more.
Web Development Enhancements
Visual Studio 2012 now use most recent Web standards, provides new templates, better publishing tools. The new HTML editor offers full support for HTML5 elements and snippets. The CSS editor offers full support for CSS3, including support for CSS hacks and snippets for vendor-specific extensions to CSS. With new Page Inspector feature you can Quickly find the source of rendered markup. The new Page Inspector feature renders a webpage (HTML, Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, or Web Pages) directly within the Visual Studio IDE. When you choose a rendered element, Page Inspector opens the file in which the markup was generated and highlights the source.
New SQL Server Object Explorer
VS 2012 improves its SQL Server integration with the new SQL Server Object Explorer, which is more like SQL Server Management Studio than the old Server Explorer. The new SQL Server Object Explorer shows column data types as well as primary and foreign keys.
How fast is it?
Honestly I was expecting it to be really slow, but on my suprise it is super fast. Way faster than Visual Stuido 2010. This way I can get more work done faster and whait is more important is much stable than previos version of Visual Studio.
Building Windows 8 Apps
Debugging T4 Templates
In VS2012, they introduced the ability to step through and debug T4 templates as it generates your code. This is amazing and a huge timesaver for people who work on frameworks, starter projects, and other awesome tools.
Team Foundation Server in the Cloud
Although we are not using currently inside our company Team Foundation Server, I belive it has always been a good, solid product. The new Team Foundation Server in the cloud changes everything. It includes agile project management using a card board. It’s got all the branch/merge goodness that Team Foudation Sserver has always had, but the best part is automated deployments, particularly to Azure, which is just awesome for people like me who have a 100% in the cloud business and clients who are doing the same.