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First Review of Visual Studio11 Developer Preview

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First Review of Visual Studio11 Developer Preview

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Recently at the Build Conference on September 14, 2011 Microsoft announced the release of “Visual Studio 2011 Developer Preview. You can download it here:


I have downloaded the .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and installed .NET Framework 4.5.

Microsoft .NET 4.5 Framework Instllation for Visual Studio11 Developer preview

Installation of Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

After installing Visual Studio 11, you will notice that it looks a lot like Visual Studio 2010.

Start Page of Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

What’s new in Visual Studio11 Developer Preview:

There are lots of new features in Visual Studio11 Developer preview let’s go through some of new features like following.

Create new project template:

New project template is almost same except there are .NET Framework 4.5 selection is also available with other framework 3.5 and 4.0.

New Project dialog for Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

Solution Explorer:

In solution explorer if you compare the stuff there are lots of new feature’s are available. You can see there are lots of Icon there in solution explorer compare to Visual Studio 2010.

Solution Explorer for Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

Now you can do lots of things with Solution Explorer like Browsing Types,type members, search symbols and find relationship among them. I will explain them all this features in different post.

Quick Launch:

Another new feature you will notice is a Quick Launch. You can find lots of command and other stuff in visual studio from here. Suppose you want to create a new page then just type new it will give you all the options with new just like following.

Quick Lanuch Feature of Visual Studio 2011 Developer Preview

Line Highlighter:

Another things I have found is line highlighter in code editor. It will highlight the current line in Editor.

Line Highligher in Visual Studio 2011 Developer Preview

There are so many other features that needs to be discover. I will post that in future posts. 


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