Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

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The final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 became available for download. In case you already are a Visual Studio 2013 user, a notification inviting you to start the download and install Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013 soon is to appear. If you are taking into consideration using Visual Studio 2013 for the first time get all the capabilities and fixes from Visual Studio 2013 RTM besides all the features in Update2. To grab all the latest downloads for Visual Studio check this link:

The new Visual Studio 2013 Update includes many new features and fixes concerning bugs. It’s great for creating applications specially for Windows Phone version 8, besides offering the possibility to build universal Windows Apps targeting Windows Runtime, TypeScript and many others.

For more information check some of the new capabilities that are part of this release:

  • Universal Apps: Create universal apps which can work on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 while sharing code and assets through shared projects thanks to the final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

  • Type Script: Being a typed language it allows you to define classes, modules and interfaces that may run on any browser.

  • Azure Tools: For smooth deployment to a development setting it is simpler to take advantage of Azure with options to built websites and SQL Azure databases straight on Azure

  • Web Tool: It contains improvements and many new features like SCSS support, a new JSON editor, improved URL picker and a new JSON editor

  • Diagnostics: The diagnostic tool also received some improvements. Now you can navigate to user code for MVC Methods or go to the SQL command for database queries. A cool feature allows you to view the Windows Store diagnostics tools all at once to check all the diagnostic info on a timeline.

  • Slipstream install: Download Visual Studio containing all the new features, enhancements and fixes from the Visual Studio website including Visual Studio 2013 RTM and Update 2 for Visual Studio.

  • Cloud optimized.NET: this update offers a cloud optimized mode that is light weight which is designed for cloud and server workloads.

  • Apache Cordova and Visual Studio: the latest updates allows developers to create cross-platform mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows and Windows Phone using HTML and JavaScript


  • .Net vNext: It allows you to compile C# 6 and VB code with Roslyn compilers, has a cloud optimized mode for ASP.NET applications. This update is modified for cloud-first and mobile-first development.


This Update comes in very handy because across the industry, focus is shifting to mobile-first and cloud-first development. Having more than 5 million downloads since the last fall RTM, this is the fastest embraced version of Visual Studio yet. The final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 offers a great opportunity for developers in building rich apps targeting multiple mobile platforms.

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