Description of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

Introduction

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (Visual Studio 2012.2) on April 4, 2013. This update introduces new technology improvements in agile planning, quality enablement, Windows and Web developments, line-of-business development and development experience. Additionally, this update also fixed various issues.

How to obtain Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

Visual Studio 2012 updates are cumulative releases that include the new features and fixes that were delivered in previous Visual Studio 2012 Updates . The following download link always points you to the latest Update:

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How to install Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

For installation guidance, see How to install Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 offline.

Please note: This update applies to Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server (TFS). Visual Studio and TFS installation mechanics are different. The Visual Studio update is an update that installs on top of whatever is already installed on the computer. The TFS update is a full layout that replaces whatever is installed on the computer. Before you try to apply the TFS update, make sure that you have a full backup of your current databases. If the TFS update installation fails, you will be unable to restart the update or roll back to the earlier version of TFS without performing a restore.

New technology improvements and fixed issues in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

Technology improvements

The following technology improvements have been made in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.

Agile planning
Quality enablement
Windows development
Web development
Line-of-business development
Developer experience

Fixed issues

Note Unless otherwise indicated, linked items will take you to Microsoft Connect webpages.

Debugger
ASP.NET Editor
Visual Studio IDE
MS Build
Windows development tools
C++
Graphics and graphics diagnostics
Setup
Visual Studio Test
XAML Designer
Phone tools
F#
Entity Framework tools
LightSwitch
Team Foundation Server
Localization

More Information

How to download Microsoft support files

Updates for other products in the Visual Studio family can be found on the Microsoft download site for Visual Studio.

For installation guidance for Visual Studio products, see:

Requirements
Properties

Article ID: 2797912 - Last Review: Jun 23, 2014 - Revision: 1

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