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Visual Studio 2012 Update 5 Released

Team Project Rename, a new feature introduced in VS 2015, now a capability for VS 2012 projects.

A release-to-manufacturing update to Visual Studio 2012 was released this week that incorporates a small fix and also introduces project renaming support.

Team Project Rename support, which isn't new, allows for a project to be renamed with the correct workspace mappings filtering out to projects correctly. Team Project Rename support was introduced officially in Visual Studio 2015 and Team Foundation Server 2015, but appeared in full form in Visual Studio Online in late April. Developing that feature was no small feat, according to Microsoft's Brian Harry.

"As expected it was quite a bit of work and we've worked hard to make it seamless. But like anything, when you change the name of something, anything that references is needs to be updated.," wrote Harry, in a Visual Studio Team blog from April that described the team's efforts in adding it to Visual Studio Online.

The addition to Visual Studio 2012 Update 5 means developers have a more simplifed method of renaming projects after they've been created and named, without having to backtrack through projects manually (project renaming is covered in detail in this article on MSDN).

VS 2012 Update 5 also rolls in a fix wherein Source Code Explorer erred out after the creation of branch operations when it falsely treated the branch as a regular folder. More detail on those fixes are in this Knowledge Base article.

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