- Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop, available today and providing free tools for desktop applications based on C#, VB.Net, and C++. The Express tools series features abbreviated toolsets for building applications, but lacks such features as the ability to connect applications to back-end data sources.
- F# Tools for Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web, offering a free add-on the Visual Studio 2012 for developing F# applications on ASP.Net, Windows Azure cloud systems. The tools ship today. F# is a functional programming language geared to scientific applications.
- TFS Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012, providing advanced backup tools, extensions for Windows Explorer and PowerShell, and a process template editor. The tools are available today.
- Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012, due in October and offering enhancements, tools, and command-line utilities to help developers accomplish tasks more efficiently.
- New support for Windows Embedded, wherein Windows Embedded Compact, which puts Windows on small devices, is fully supported in Visual Studio 2012. Improvements are planned for release early next year.
- Community language packs, in which developers can view the UI in their local language. Ten local languages will be available today.
- Partner support for Visual Studio 2012, with 72 partners delivering more than 100 products to supplement the IDE, including code refactoring plug-ins.
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