S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft in its blog post
stated that Visual Studio 2012 has crossed 5.5M downloads and continues to be the most downloaded release of Visual Studio.
In August 2012, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2012 for MSN and TechNet subscribers and other users receive it a month later. From the time when it was launched, Microsoft
released three major updates to the Visual Studio 2012 and the company plans to release a fourth update at the end of the year.
Microsoft is ready to launch its next version, Visual Studio 2013 for MSDN and TechNet users RTM build on October 18th. The official launch of Visual Studio 2013 will happen on November 13th. Developers who have Visual Studio 2012 Professional will be able to purchase Visual Studio Professional 2013 upgrade from November 1st to January 31st 2014 for $99 and after January 31st, 2014 for $299.