Following its release of an online version of its Office software (Office 365) earlier this year, Microsoft has now taken another product to the cloud. The company has announced that Visual Studio Online, which as per its name is a browser based version of the popular software, is now available to MSDN subscribers and new users.
Apart from this, the company also launched the next iteration of Visual Studio - Visual Studio 2013. .NET framework and .NET 4.5.1 have also been made available simultaneously.
So what's new about these products. Microsoft says that Visual Studio Online and Visual Studio 2013 represent the beginning of a new era of modern apps development. The company adds that they combine a powerful desktop integrated development environment (IDE) along with rich developer services in the cloud.
In addition to supporting Microsoft's latest platforms, mainly Windows 8.1, Visual Studio 2013 offers some new and neat productivity features and enhancements. For instance, revision history and work item information appear inline within the code editor. They show users what has changed and why.
Here's a point by point explanation on what's new form the company:
"Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 are available globally, and provide the best tools for modern application development on all of Microsoft's latest platforms.
Visual Studio Online is a new offering, providing a rich collection of developer services in the cloud that work hand-in-hand with the Visual Studio IDE on the desktop.
Hosted source control, work item tracking, agile planning, build and load testing services that were part of Team Foundation Service are now available in public preview as part of Visual Studio Online.
Visual Studio Online Application Insights is a new service that provides a 360 degree view of your applications health, based on data about availability, performance and usage.
Visual Studio Online "Monaco" is a coding environment for the cloud, in the cloud, offering light-weight, friction free developer experiences in the browser for targeted Azure development scenarios.
Microsoft and Xamarin are collaborating to help .NET developers broaden the reach of their applications to additional devices, including iOS and Android.
Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 is available today."