Onward and Upward

Blog archive

Visual Studio 2012 RC to Expire Jan. 15

If you're using the release candidate version of Visual Studio 2012, you have one day to come up with an alternative plan.

Starting tomorrow, Jan. 15, your copy of Visual Studio goes kaput. Sayonra. Buh-bye. And there are no workarounds to keep it running, according to Microsoft's Brian Harry, who wanted to soothe the souls of those developers who have been asking him about the looming expiration date for the RC.

The only option, Harry writes, is to upgrade to the final release build; the expiration can't be extended. How do you know if you're still on an RC? Harry explains: "You can tell if you have a release candidate build by looking at the version number and look for “RCRel” – like “Version 11.0.50522.01 RCRel”.

The top option for continuing to use VS 2012, in Microsoft's opinion? Not surprisingly, it's to buy it. But if you're cash-poor at the moment, you can install the trial edition of VS2012, which will give you 90 days more without paying.

VS 2012 is a worthy upgrade, and I'd call it essential if you want to build mobile apps using .NET technologies. Keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to spring for the retail version.

Posted by Keith Ward on 01/14/2013 at 1:15 PM

comments powered by Disqus


  • .NET for Apache Spark Debuts in Version 1.0

    The open source project .NET for Apache Spark has debuted in version 1.0, finally vaulting the C# and F# programming languages into Big Data first-class citizenship.

  • In-App Reviews Come to Xamarin.Forms Android

    Android is playing a little catch-up to iOS regarding in-app review functionality, just now coming tp Microsoft's Xamarin.Forms implementation.

  • C# Slides in Usage Ranking of Programming Languages

    "The fact that C# lost three places in the ranking of language communities during the last three years is mostly explained by its slower growth compared to C/C++ and PHP."

  • Telerik UI for Blazor Updated

    Progress announced an update to its Telerik UI for Blazor components, targeting Microsoft's open source Blazor framework that lets C# coders create web apps without having to rely upon JavaScript.

  • Infragistics Unveils UI Components for Blazor

    Infragistics, specializing in third-party UI/UX controls and tools, unveiled a new offering targeting Blazor, Microsoft's red-hot open source framework that allows for C#-based web development instead of traditional mainstay JavaScript.

Upcoming Events