Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5
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Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5

Microsoft recently made headlines after it updated two of its solutions intended for computer program developers.

In a recent blog post, the Redmond-based company stated that it was releasing Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 for anyone subscribing to its MSDN service. The company said that those interested in the program would be able to get the product from MSDN Subscribers Downloads, and that it was offering a free trial version as well. Firms that are looking for bulk discounts will be able to log onto the Volume Licensing Service Center to complete the transaction.  

"With Visual Studio 2012, we’re delivering a productive and powerful development experience, one that makes it easy to develop on your own or as part of a collaborative team, all the while building apps that target the latest platforms," said S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s developer division, in a blog post. "The interesting question for every developer out there is – what app will you build today?  We look forward to discussing it more with you during the Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event on September 12th."

Microsoft also announced an update to its Blend program, which engineers use to develop applications for the Windows app store. The newly released Blend+Sketch, which uses the HTML and XAML coding systems, will come as part of the Visual Studio 2012 program. The firm also stated that users of the virtual program would now be able to create products for Windows Azure as well.

The release comes just weeks after the firm announced that both Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 would be shipped for the first time and a month after it released its new Surface computer. The Surface, which will run on Windows 8, includes a full-sized USB port, a 16:9 aspect ratio and a new casing called VaporMg.

The tech giant is hoping that the slew of new products will help increase the popularity of the WIndows 8 operating system. While some of its hardware products have long trailed behind brands like Apple, the new releases may help the company increase its overall profit margin.