Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 Releases Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC and Azure SDK 2.3

Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC and the Azure SDK 2.3 for .NET, adding several amazing features that assist in Azure development. With the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Release Candidate, Microsoft makes available the latest developer tooling with a go-live license for the early adopters.

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC

This RC release comprises new features for creating apps for Windows Phone 8.1. It also possesses the capability to build universal Windows Apps targeting TypeScript 1.0 RTM, Windows Runtime, and more. Now you can generate automated PowerShell deployment scripts and create Dev/Test environments (VMs or Azure Web Sites) for the Web apps. JSON Editor, the new editor with IntelliSense support will now be available when editing Resource Manager templates. Mobile services will now find .NET support and remote debugging support. Also, using the notification hubs, you will be able to send test notifications.

Microsoft Azure and Web Development

For web developers, this release includes new features and improvements for tooling and platform, including updates for ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Web Pages. There are also improvements for web developers getting starting with Microsoft Azure.
  • Code Editor improvements and two new editors (for SASS & JSON files):
    • New SASS editor with features such as colorization, variable and Mixins IntelliSense, syntax validation, goto definition, color picker, and more
    • New JSON editor with features such as syntax validation, colorization, outlining, and support for IntelliSense (through JSON schema)
    • Improvements to LESS editor with features such as Knockout IntelliSense Upgrade, New URL Picker in HTML, Razor, CSS, LESS or SASS pages, and more
  • Browser Link support for HTTPS connections, Single Page Applications (SPA), and static html filesUpdated ASP.NET default project templates for the latest platform releases including ASP.NET MVC, Web API, Web Pages, SignalR, and more
  • New features for Microsoft Azure developers, including:
    • Improved getting started experience with Azure via a new capability that can optionally link newly created websites directly from the “File" > "New Project” dialog to a Windows Azure website or Virtual Machine. This enables simple publishing when needed later.
    • Two new features in Server Explorer for Windows Azure Websites: a remote view feature that allows viewing/editing of live website files and the ability to view log files remotely.
    • Brand new tooling support for working with Mobile Services that leverage .NET, including a new template for getting started with the new project type, as well as support for Remote Debugging.
Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC is available for download here. Download Azure SDK 2.3 from the Azure .NET Developer Center. Visit Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (Build 2014) for more information on the releases.