Many developers would not put code in the repository, due to the lack of a GPLv3 license option.
More than 400 products were voted on, to find the best.
It's the last upgrade before Visual Studio 2013 hits the streets.
The JIT compiler will also be the new codebase for future compilers across platforms.
There are plenty of limitations, though, including no support for Oracle Database clustering.
A special upgrade price for Visual Studio 2013 Professional saves $200 over regular upgrade price.
New Monitoring Agent uses IntelliTrace capabilities.
A serious shortage of workers in big data is predicted for the future as well.
Pricing starts at $449, goes as high as $899.
- By Scott Bekker, Jeffrey Schwartz
Best Practices Analyzer, command-line tool among new functionality.
The new OS will not come bundled with Windows Media Player.
The update appears to be bug fixes only.
Although there's a strong move in the direction of mobile, almost no one is giving up traditional desktop development.
It will RTM the same day Windows 8.1 hits general availability.
TechNet subscribers will also get early access.
Speculation has already started that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop may be in line to succeed outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
The decision infuriates many developers, who won't be able to upgrade apps before GA.
The product is scheduled for an official release Oct. 17