Office 2013 RTM

I’d been using Office 2013 Preview since August, and, while there have been hiccups here and there, I’ve been very happy with it. Last week, the RTM version was released to MSDN subscribers. (I think it will not reach general availability until Q1 2013.) I was excited to get my hands on it, so I downloaded and upgraded right away.

My only disappointment in the upgrade experience is that I couldn’t go directly from Preview to RTM, but that wasn’t completely unexpected. I uninstalled and installed the new version. Everything went smoothly.

I’ve been using it for a week now. I haven’t noticed any new features in the RTM version that weren’t in Preview, but there are a few “quirks” that have been fixed. The biggest bug that I’d been dealing with in Preview was in Excel: when you clicked a drop-down in a cell, the options would display in the upper-left corner instead of at the cell. This has been fixed in RTM. Another gripe I had in Preview was about the read-only, “Preview Mode” version of Word that opens when you open a Word document attachment from an email. This is still there, but pushing the ESC key takes it out of Preview Mode and back into the standard, edit view. So that’s good!

Everything else has felt really polished and very slick, and I haven’t seen anything that I’ve perceived as a bug, flaw, or unintentional.

I’m definitely loving the new version!

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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