Description of Visual Studio 2013 Update 4

Applies to: Visual Studio 2013 UltimateVisual Studio 2013 UltimateVisual Studio 2013 Professional More

About Visual Studio 2013 Update 4


Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 on November 12, 2014. Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 includes the latest software updates and feature additions.

More information about Visual Studio product updates is also available on the Visual Studio website.

How to obtain Visual Studio 2013 Update 4


Visual Studio 2013 updates are cumulative releases. The following download links always direct you to the latest update:If you do not have Visual Studio 2013 (original-release version), then run one of the following downloads, both Visual Studio 2013 and Update 4 are installed.
You can also view the full list of Visual Studio 2013 Updates.

How to install Visual Studio 2013 Update 4


For installation guidance for Visual Studio products, see the following articles:

Important This update applies to Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server (TFS). Visual Studio and TFS installation mechanics are different. The Visual Studio update is installed 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 apply the TFS update, make sure that you have a full backup of your current databases. If the TFS update installation fails, you cannot restart the update or roll back to the earlier version of TFS without performing a restore.

The Release Management update is a full layout that includes the latest feature additions and software updates for Release Management for Visual Studio 2013. Before you try to apply the Release Management update, make sure that you have a full backup of your current databases and RSA crypto key (see this blog post for RSA crypto keys export instructions). If the Release Management update installation fails, you will be unable to restart the update or roll back to the earlier version of Release Management without performing a restore operation.

The following upgrade paths apply to this release.

Supported upgrades
  • Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 to Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4
  • Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 to Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4
  • Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RC to Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4

New technology improvements in Visual Studio 2013 Update 4


Technology improvements

The following technology improvements were made in this release.

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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.