From Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft is providing a handful of  pre-selected reporters with a sneak peek of the beta release of Visual Studio 11 (Visual Studio 2012) on Thursday February 23. It’s looking like Microsoft will be delivering the following software packages to us at the end of this month: Windows 8 Consumer...

The Visual Studio Live 2012 conference will be held in March in Las Vegas. Stay and play at Visual Studio Live! headquarters — The Mirage Hotel & Casino. It’s a great opportunity to interact one-on-one with industry leaders and Microsoft insiders while receiving some intense .NET education. Come hear your favorite...

Another training video from Microsoft talking about how to utilize Visual Studio. It’s called Tips & tricks: how to use Visual Studio to the fullest and it’s presented by Weston Hutchins and Phil Price. Video description In this fast-paced session, we’ll turn you into a Visual Studio rock star! We’ll blaze through Visual...

Microsoft have update Visual Studio. The new version of Visual Studio (version 11) enables developers to take full advantage of the capability of Windows using the skills and technologies they already know. Regarding Windows 8, Visual Studio 11 is meant to set a new standard for development tools. This will be very...

Another good video from the MSDN Microsoft library. In this code-intensive video session, Microsoft teach what’s next for parallelization with .NET and Visual Studio, diving deep into performance enhancements, new Visual Studio tooling, and new libraries and language support for parallelization and asynchrony. This is...

Another one of the development tools used in Windows 8 is XAML. What is XAML? Microsoft would define it this way: XAML is a declarative markup language. As applied to the .NET Framework programming model, XAML simplifies creating a UI for a .NET Framework application. You can create visible UI elements in the...

This is another video from Microsoft in the developing for Metro in Windows 8 series. In Metro, developers and designers have opportunities that haven’t been seen in a Microsoft Operating System in quite a long time. They get a lot of flexibility when it comes to development from a user interface perspective –...