Visual Studio 11- an attempt to simplify developer environment & rationalize collaboration

Visual Studio 11- an attempt to simplify developer environment & rationalize col

The upcoming version of Microsoft's revered programming kit Visual Studio, Visual Studio 11, aims to simplify developer environment and rationalize teamwork among coders.

Visual Studio 11 also provides developers with a fresh set of tools for creating apps on the next incarnation of Microsoft's flagship operating system- Windows 8.

Jason Zander, general manager of Visual Studio at Microsoft, said, "Software has to innovate a lot quicker than it has in the past. We're optimizing that cycle, systematically finding all the things that slow you down."

Visual Studio 11 will come with a number of changes and enhancements. The number of toolbar commands has been reduced, while a more comprehensive search engine has been included for finding code and projects.

For collaboration, it will offer "workflow hubs" and a beta version of Team Foundation Server Express. Workflow hubs are consolidated windows for containing distinct pieces of projects, while Team Foundation Server Express is a code tracking tool allowing small groups of developers to collaborate seamlessly.

A developer preview of Visual Studio 11 was released in September last year, but the beta version, which will be available from February 29, is going to be the first version available to the world at large.

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