Visual Studio 2013 RTM today

Visual Studio 2013 RTM

Visual Studio 2013

The Visual Studio team at Microsoft has been working very hard to release Visual Studio 2013 (and all tools around) on time. S. Somasegar has published this morning at 4 AM (PST) a blog post to announce the online availability of the last version of your favorite IDE. So if you have an MSDN subscription you can download today Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 from your MSDN Subscription Download page. If you don’t, no need to worry, you can download for free the Express edition of Visual Studio 2013. I have been playing a bit with the RC version and one of the feature I like (besides all the amazing work done by the ASP.NET team) is the possibility to link your Microsoft Account to Visual Studio.

Save the date! On November 13th, Microsoft will host an event for the launch of Visual Studio 2013.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Today is also the official release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. You should be able to download the update for Windows 8.1 directly from the Windows Store. I haven’t done it yet since I have downloaded the full version from my MSDN account, but I’ll try to install it on another computer using this process. Read the official blog post from the Windows team for the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Visual Studio 2013 Preview and Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Visual Studio Update 3

The Microsoft BUILD 2013 is now over. The Visual Studio team has been working very hard to present the new Visual Studio 2013 preview. I hardly recommend you to have a look at the sessions on Channel 9 about this new edition (not a basic update) of your favorite developer tool. Here are some of my recommendations:

If you want to have a quick overview of all the work done by Microsoft for any products, I highly recommend to look at the Keynote Day 1 and Keynote Day 2.

In the last months I’ve been working a lot on Web development projects (using MVC Razor) and looking at the next IDE, I can’t wait to get the final build. Beside the fact that the Web designer has been rebuild from scratch which make the evolutions much easier, the integration with Windows Azure has been improved and you’ll be able to control almost everything on your cloud account with Visual Studio.
Download Visual Studio 2013 Preview today and try the new features of the IDE. For those using Visual Studio 2012, the Update 3 has also been published but very quietly.

Silicon Valley Code Camp 2013 – Windows Azure Mobile Services


The Silicon Valley Code Camp is the biggest free conference of the Silicon Valley. On October 5th and 6th, come to learn about any technology (not only Microsoft) at the Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. And this year, I have the change to speak with Eugene Chuvyrov (@EugeneChuvyrov) about Windows Azure Mobile Services. We will show you how to integrate Azure Mobile Services in your existing applications running iOS and Windows Phone.

Fast & Furious iOS and Windows Phone development with Azure Mobile Services

Time to market is critical in mobile application development, and new cloud-based technologies are here to help you get your apps out the door faster. By abstracting back-end operations and using a powerful SDK, Windows Azure Mobile Services allows you to focus on creating beautiful native User Interfaces on the web (HTML 5), iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices and coding custom logic for these platforms. In this presentation, Eugene Chuvyrov and Fabien Lavocat will demonstrate how a single backend hosted on Windows Azure Mobile Services powers both iOS and Windows Phone devices. Taking advantage of the data from Dun & Bradstreet Developer Challenge, they will demonstrate a mobile CRM system that they created for these platforms.

I am speaking at silicon valley code camp. Please come to my session!  Click here for details.

Microsoft BUILD Conference June 2013 in San Francisco


Here we go again. Microsoft is announcing officially the next developer conference BUILD in San Francisco, CA (I’m glad to live in San Francisco :)). This event seems to be the place were Microsoft is going to talk for the first time about the next version (or update) of Windows 8 and Windows Phone, codename “blue”. Regarding the logos on the main page of the event, the themes will be Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Internet Explorer, Office 365, Xbox and Visual Studio. I’m sure we will get some exciting news!


As a reminder, the Microsoft PDC is an exceptional event that happen only for very important and major announcements, like Windows Azure a few years ago. The last one was in 2010. Whereas the Microsoft TechEd is the annual technical event for the IT Pros (and a little bit for developers) and the Microsoft BUILD is the annual conference for developers mainly.


The event will happen at the Moscone Center, from June 26th to June 28th and the registrations open on Tuesday April 2nd at 9am PDT. Register here: As usual, the 500 first to register will receive $500 off the registration fees.

Announcing Microsoft BUILD 2012


Microsoft is announcing today the next big developer event for this fall. Registration opens on August 8 at 8 AM Pacific Time for the event at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond between October 30 and November 2, 2012.

In addition to Windows 8, they will talk about Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012 and of course Visual Studio 2012…

I attended the last year event in Anaheim, CA it was excellent, so if you can make the trip to Redmond, WA you should consider this event!

Microsoft BUILD web site.