Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 Nears Completion

A release candidate that rolls up the most recent features -- work item tracking improvements, addition of the Stakeholder license, Git-based pull requests/code reviews -- bug fixes, and issues is a prelude to the final version expected in the coming months.

Microsoft announced another version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RC has been released that gathers up the essential features, bug fixes and issues thus far, as a prelude to a release to manufacturing version that's expected in the coming months.

Microsoft Technical Fellow Brian Harry's blog boils down the release to these highlights: work item tracking improvements, addition of the Stakeholder license and Git-based pull requests/code reviews.

Harry's blog covers the basics, but as is often the case, other Microsoft bloggers spit out lots of information on a number of pages throughout the Microsoft site. Specifically, this blog highlights changes to ASP.NET and Web Tools:

  • Improved JSON editor and addition of feature for validating JSON schemas.
  • HTML editor: improved client template formatting, addition of basic IntelliSense for Web Components, tooltips, region folding.

Some of these features have been extended to the CSS/LESS/Sass editor, as well, and that tool also comes with some refinements and the addition of a number of snippets for rapid development.

As a release candidate, there aren't any significant new features or bug fixes in any of the other tools, according to that blog post:

  • Template Package Updates: Template packages have been updated to use ASP.NET MVC 5.2.2, SignalR 2.1.2, and Owin 3.2 NuGet packages.
  • ASP.NET MVC 5.2.2: Improved performance by shifting package dependencies to Web Pages 3.2.1.
  • ASP.NET Web API 5.2.2: Change dependency to Json.Net 6.0.4.
  • ASP.NET Web API 5.3.1: Some AllowedFunctions enums bug fixed.

For more details and to download Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RC, go here.

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