Visual Studio 2012 Update 5 RC Can Be Downloaded

Along with VS 2015 and .NET 4.6, VS 2012 Update 5 RC is now available, and with it come a few fixes and the capability to allow projects to be renamed.

Along with the release of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 last week, Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2012 Update 5 Release Candidate. Microsoft's notes in the Download Center for this release that it's a pre-release that can be used in production environments.

As a cumulative update, Visual Studio 2012 Update 5 RC mainly contains bug fixes. But there is one feature, Team Project Rename support for Local Workspaces, that is meant to allow it to be used and supported by Team Foundation Server 2015.

Renaming a project has always been tricky, at least until the Team Project Rename capability. Prior to that feature being enabled, renaming a project was a process, where paths, work items, queries and other dependencies and references had to be reconfigured, for the most part, manually throughout a project.

As Microsoft's Brian Harry pointed out in a blog post as soon as the Team Project Rename feature was enabled in Visual Studio Online back in April, it wasn't as easy as flipping a switch to automate it. "As expected it was quite a bit of work and we've worked hard to make it seamless," he said. "But like anything, when you change the name of something, anything that references [it] needs to be updated. This can be as simple as urls pointing to the project from a document on some Sharepoint site, a wiki or anything else." At the time, he said that the Visual Studio team developed a guide that could be used to identify all the project artifacts that needed to be changed.

As for fixes, the VS 2012 U5 RC guide notes one fix to Source Control Explorer was resolved. Specifically, errors would occur when creating a new branch from an existing branch, performing some action on a new branch operation on an existing brach, or when switching Team Projects or servers when Visual Studio itself isn't closed down.

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