Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC) on their Visual Studio product page.
Microsoft Vice President Jason Zander, head of the Visual Studio Team provided an overview of what is new in his blog.
Improvements they have made include improving performance across the IDE. Visual Studio 2012 comes in 4 flavors thus far: Ultimate, Premium, Professional, Test Professional. Take a look at some of the changes from Beta to RC here and an example below.
Visual Studio 2012 editions and hardware requirements are largely unchanged from 2010, outside of the free and lightweight Visual Studio 2012 Express tools, now platform-centric. Visual Studio 2012 is targeted at Windows Vista and higher. Some existing apps may not be compatible with .Net 4.5 which is as an in-place upgrade, however. Devs can use the multi-targeting support to run managed applications on XP and Server 2003 with .Net v4 and earlier. Multi-targeting for C++ requires a side by side install of Visual Studio 2010 though.
Also available are new builds for Team Foundation Server 2012 (RC).
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