Monthly Archives: July 2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview Event

I just wanted to thank my co-presenter, Chris Kadel, and everyone who attended the event in St. Louis. (We had a broad range of new features to present on and there just never seems to be enough time to get to everything.)

I didn’t have any slides, but Chris did and you can find those here.

For those that weren’t able to attend, here’s a breakdown of features we covered:

  • Managing SCRUM of SCRUMs (agile portfolio management)
  • Improved offline version control option with Git
  • New collaboration options (Team Rooms and web-based code commenting)
  • IDE enhancements to improve productivity
  • New insights into code (CodeLens)
  • Simplifying performance analysis (Performance & Diagnostics Hub)
  • New performance tools (Energy Consumption & UI Responsiveness)
  • Productivity for C++ developers w/ new language/tooling support
  • “De-fragging” ASP.NET
  • Cloud-based load testing
  • Simplified Team Build
  • Integrated release management (InRelease)
  • New ways to reproduce production issues (new version of IntelliTrace collector and memory dump analysis)

Look forward to future events around Visual Studio and TFS 2013. I’ve seen a glimpse of other features that may be included for RTM/Update 1 and I think you will love it!

Xbox Music Now Available Everywhere Else

The absolute best value in music is now available wherever you need it to be!

Microsoft now allows you to access your Xbox Music from any browser. The site looks almost exactly like the new Windows Store version. (I don’t know when I would use the web version myself as I will no doubt continue to use Xbox Music on my PCs, Xbox, and HTC phone.)

Like I’ve said before, the Xbox Music Pass is the really great deal here. For $9.99 a month or $99.90 a year, you get unlimited access to the entire Xbox music library. You can get a 30 day free trial at http://music.xbox.com.

Do you have an Xbox Music Pass? What features would you like to see added to Xbox Music?