Preview Available for Visual Studio 11

Friday Sep 16th 2011 by Cynthia Harvey
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Microsoft shows off the new features in the Visual Studio 11 IDE at the BUILD conference.

MSDN subscribers can now download a preview of version 11 of Microsoft's Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). You can choose between the regular version which runs on Windows 7 or the express version that is bundled into the Windows 8 developer preview and includes support for "Metro" applications. A general release version is expected within days.

Key features in the update include the following:

  • Streamlined toolbars with a new search feature.
  • Support for C++ AMP
  • Improved debugging
  • A new test runner
  • The incorporation of the Expression Blend design engine
  • Tools for packaging apps for the Windows Phone app store

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