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Update 3 of Visual Studio 2012 Released

The latest update includes mostly bug fixes.

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One of the smaller -- but still significant -- announcements made at the Microsoft Build conference today was the news that the third update to Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 has been released.

S. Somasegar, VP of Microsoft's Developer Division, mentioned on his blog that Update 3, officially known as 2012.3, is out. It’s a smaller update than the first two, mainly containing bug fixes. The first two updates were more concerned with new features as well as fixes.

For developers that have the previous version, 2012.2, Update 3 will install on top of it, Somasegar said. He added that if a developer hasn’t loaded any of the updates to Visual Studio 2012, Update 3 includes all of the previous updates.

Somasegar added one important note about the release: To be able to “round-trip” projects between Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 -- that is, to have a project from one version open in another -- 2012.3 is required.

The last preview version of 2012.3 was Release Candidate 2, which came out May 30. It follows the new cadence for many Microsoft products, which is focused on getting updates out the door quickly. It can be found here, or retrieved through the Visual Studio Update manager.

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Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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