Microsoft last week began offering a Visual Studio 2012 release candidate, generally considered the last stage before a general product release. But Microsoft has not stated exactly when Visual Studio 2012 or Windows 8 will ship. Also in the Windows 8 realm, tools provider Telerik said this week it will preview its RadControls for Metro toolset at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Orlando, Fla. next week. RadControls for Metro features a set of XAML and HTML data visualization controls for Windows 8 Metro-style development, said Chris Sells, vice president of developer relations for Telerik. The company is looking to add further controls as well. "We're starting at data visualization because that's one of the places that Microsoft has left a big hole in support for application-building on the Metro-style UI," Sells said.
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