Microsoft has just made Visual Studio 14 CTP available to the public to try out the new features such as ASP.NET vNext and the new Roslyn compilers. Microsoft wants your feedback to let them know what you like and don’t like.
Downloads: Download the Visual Studio “14” CTP (also available on MSDN subscriber downloads). Alternatively, save some time and use the provided VM in Azure.
Blogs & Release Notes: Read announcements by Soma & Brian. Check out the team blogs, including Visual Studio, Web Dev (web tooling), Web Dev (ASP.NET vNext), Entity Framework, C#, VB, and C++. See the Visual Studio “14” CTP release notes for a list of new features. Discuss on Facebook & Twitter.
Known Issues: This release should be installed in a test environment, such as a VM or a clean machine. Do not install on a machine with another version of Visual Studio installed. For other known issues, please see the Visual Studio “14” CTP KB.
Feedback: Submit bugs through Connect, suggestions on UserVoice and quick thoughts through Send-a-Smile in the Visual Studio IDE.
The is an early CTP so don’t install on a production machine or one that has another version of Visual Studio. Therefore, your two best options are to download Visual Studio 14 CTP and install it on a Virtual Machine or try it out by spinning up a new VM from the Virtual Machine Gallery on Microsoft Azure. Don’t forget if you have an MSDN license, you get free credits towards Azure each month. Sign up now and try it out.
Visual Studio 14 CTP in the cloud
We’ve all downloaded and installed a version of Visual Studio in the past, so let’s see how easy it is to get Visual Studio 14 CTP up and running in Azure.
After you have signed up for an Azure account, launch you browser to http://manage.windowsazure.com (or http://portal.azure.com if you want to check out the new portal interface). Click the plus in the bottom left corner to begin creating the new virtual machine.
From the New menu select Compute > Virtual Machine > From Gallery
There are a number of pre-configured images to speed up your deployment time. Depending on your account, your list may vary. How cool is this to be able to run Visual Studio in the cloud?! Imagine, you can use Visual Studio from your IPad! Oh wait, there isn’t a keyboard or a mouse. Maybe we better stick to running it in the cloud from our Surface. How can I access my source control? Oh yeah, that is in the cloud too on Visual Studio Online!
Ok, once you select the Image you want to use, give the VM a unique name. Also select the Tier. I recommend choosing the Basic Tier since you don’t need any high availability type features and I’m sure you want to stretch your monthly credits as long as possible. Next provide the size, username, and password.
Select whether to add this to an existing cloud service or a new one. I chose to create a new cloud service. Also give it the DNS name, probably keep it the same as your machine name to keep it simple. Choose a region close to where you are located.
Last, keep the defaults unless you want to configure any additional extensions.
You will see it starting up and provisioning.
Once it is ready, choose connect to open the RDP connection.
Starting Visual Studio 14 CTP!
Create your new project and run!
Don’t forget to send a smile to the product team and let them know what you think!