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|Latest build||11.0.61219.0 (Update 5)|
Visual Studio 2012 (codenamed "Dev11") is the eighth major release of Visual Studio, released on 12 September 2012. This release introduces the dark mode, All-Caps menus, and improvements to performance and stability along with a redesigned user interface based on the Metro design language. It was released alongside the then-new .NET Framework 4.5.
Visual Studio 2012 introduced Quick Launch, where menu items and options can be searched for. This can also be customized by extensions, like the Productivity Power Tools extension.
The Visual Studio 2012 RC introduced All-caps menus, in order to be more consistent with the product experiences of other Microsoft apps that adopted the Metro guidelines, like Office. This led to developers resorting to camel case, because this made the menus harder to read. A registry key can change the menu bar appearance to revert to the old style:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General] SuppressUppercaseConversion=dword:00000001
The Visual Studio 11 Beta introduced the dark mode. This made VS2012 one of the first Microsoft products to officially support dark mode.
The Visual Studio 11 Beta removed the usage of color throughout the entire UI, which resulted in a backlash due to lack of contrast, clarity and "energy". The usage of color on icons and other controls returned in the RC.
Apart from UI changes, Visual Studio 2012 includes other features, such as support for semantic code colorization, reference highlighting, a new and improved Solution Explorer, or member list filtering.
The RTM build of VS2012 lacked support for Windows XP targets, although this was brought back in Update 1.