5 New Features I’m Looking Forward to in Visual Studio 2012

Last week, I attended a GANG meeting where Randy Pagels gave a presentation about what’s new in Visual Studio 2012. Prior to this, I had skimmed through the product guide, and I was expecting to see some nice new features. I didn’t expect to be blown away, but I left the meeting feeling completely geeked about the new version. And, since the RTM version was made available to MSDN subscribers last week, I wasted no time in getting it installed.

So what has me so stoked? Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 features that have me drooling:

  1. Code reviews
  2. Simplified code coverage (no more instrumenting DLLs!)
  3. Suspend/resume work
  4. Quick Launch
  5. Object Browser integration into Solution Explorer

I’ve only used VS2012 for a day or two now, and I haven’t had enough exposure to give an in-depth overview of these new features, yet. Unfortunately, the two that I’m most excited about–the new code review workflow and suspend/resume work–require a TFS upgrade, so I won’t be able to really test them until our IT department does that. I’m looking forward to using the other three right away, though!

Read more about What’s New in Visual Studio 2012 on MSDN.

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