The update was driven by the need to make VS 2013 compatible with pre-10 versions of Internet Explorer
It's the last version before the release candidate of the full 1.0 version comes out.
The news doesn't look a whole lot brighter for 2014, either.
An updated Windows 8.1 API created opportunities for new tools.
At its official Visual Studio 2013 launch today, Redmond moved its flagship integrated development environment further into Windows Azure.
Developers registered with either Windows Store or Windows Phone Store can now submit apps for both.
The WebGL protocol is supported for creating two- and three-dimensional graphics.
The news is troubling, given that XP won't be patched after next April.
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The lawsuit against Google by Rockstar perhaps marks yet another phase in mobile platform litigation.
The company also releases SDKs for .NET and iOS.
Hortwonworks Data Platform 2.0 for Windows will be available next month.
Remote debugging is another welcome update.
Cloud revenue, SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint help offset Windows declines.
The hardest-hit are those with Microsoft's own device -- Surface RT tablets.
64-bit Edit and Continue is the key feature addition.
Microsoft adds a libraries feed that is as fully supported as the .NET Framework.
Team Foundation Server 2013 is also part of the package.
Developers with Windows 8.1 apps in the Windows Store get "preferential treatment".
The libraries are also included in the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2013.
Developers have to register to get the update, which is available starting with Windows Phone 8, Update 3