Visual Studio 2013 RTM available for download!

Microsoft has recently made the final versions of Visual Studio 2013, Team Foundation Server 2013 and .NET 4.51 available for MSDN subscribers. Visual Studio 2013 can be installed side by side with previous versions of Visual Studio or, if you have a Visual Studio 2013 pre-release, it can be installed straight over  top of the pre-release. Unfortunately, Team Foundation Server 2013 cannot be installed side by side but can also be installed over top of either a previous version (Team Foundation Server 2012 or Team Foundation Server 2010) or a pre-release.

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Visual Studio 2013 release date

Microsoft has recently made several important announcements regarding Visual Studio 2013. One the important annoucements made is the official release date for the product as November 13, 2013.

In  preparation, the Release Candidates of VS2013, Team Foundation Server 2013, and .NET Framework 4.5.1 are available for download now at:

http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/2013-downloads

Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate, like its predecessor Visual Studio 2013 Preview, will require you to log in with your Microsoft account after 14 days. This is being done so that Microsoft can load-test their servers prior to full release. Upon the full release Visual Studio 2013, a login is no longer required.

Fixing Cisco Systems VPN Client – “Reason 442 Failed Virtual Adapter Error” (Windows 8)

The fix is changing the faulty registry key.

Perform the following steps to apply the fix:

Step 1
If you are on the Windows 8 desktop, point the cursor at the lower right corner of the screen. Click the “Search” option as soon as it pops up on the left-side of the screen. If you are on the Metro UI Start Screen, point the cursor at the lower left corner of the screen and click the right mouse button. Now select the “Search” option on the context menu.

Step 2
When you perform either of the above actions, Windows 8 will load the “Apps” screen. Type “regedit” into the search bar located on the right side of the “Apps” screen.

Step 3
Click the “regedit” search result on the left side of the “Apps” screen. If you see a UAC dialog box, click “Yes” to open the Windows 8 Registry Editor.

Step 4:
Look for the registry entry “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControl­Set\Services\CVirta”.

Step 5:

Change the “Display Name” “@oem11.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows”.

That’s all.

Visual Studio 2013 pricing released!

Good news! The pricing will remain in line with that of the current Visual Studio 2012 suite. Those who get access to Visual Studio via their MSDN subscriptions won’t have to pay anything to move to the latest version when it becomes generally available on October 18, 2013. There will be one change in the SKU line-up between Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. Microsoft will be reintroducing a Visual Studio Professional 2013 Upgrade SKU for customers running Visual Studio 2012 Professional. For a limited time (November 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014), those interested in the VS Professional 2013 Upgrade SKU can get it for $99 (approximately RM317) from the Microsoft Online Store. After that time, the price will be $299 (approximately RM957).

Current Visual Studio 2012 prices include:

  •     Visual Studio 2012 Professional: $499 (approximately RM1,597)
  •     Visual Studio 2012 Professional with MSDN: $799 (approximately RM2,557)
  •     Visual Studio 2012 Premium with MSDN: $2,569 (approximately RM8,221)
  •     Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate with MSDN: $4,249 (approximately RM13,597)