The next version of Visual Studio named “14” has been released as CTP. There are some interesting new features, but this is a very early version of VS 2014, so do not expect too much right now.
There is already a Virtual Machine in Azure, that you can use to evaluate all the new features : VM in Azure
Here is a list of the new features:
- The .NET “Roslyn Compiler Platform
- Visual C++ Standard Library updates: added utility functions, manipulators, functions, and several bug fixes which are going to improve your productivity.
- ASP.NET vNext Tooling: ASP.NET vNext is a lean and composable .NET stack for building modern web applications for cloud and on-premises scenarios.
Please read the official blog posts and release notes to get more detailed infos on what has been added:
- Visual Studio “14” CTP Release Notes
- Visual Studio Blog
- Brian Harry’s Blog
- Soma Somasega’s Blog
- Web Dev Blog (Web Tooling)
- Web Dev Blog (ASP.NET vNext)
- Visual C# Team Blog
- Visual VB Team Blog
- Visual C++ Team Blog
- Entity Framework Team Blog
The CTP should be installed in a testing environment as a Virtual Machine (you may use the Azure VM). Do not install it side-by-side on a machine with another version of Visual Studio. Do not try to update an existing version, there might be unexpected results.
This is still a very early preview version so do not install it on production system or use it to develop your production code. There is no support from Microsoft and features might and will change in the final version.
Please feel free to leave your comments and to tell the other readers what you think of this new version of Visual Studio.