Visual Basic for Windows 8{2}

Microsoft has recently announced a new version of Visual Studio, through a venerable programming kit. The beta version offers a new set of tools for building applications on Windows 8. Visual Studio is simplified through a developer environment and streamline collaboration among coders. In this recent update to Visual Studio, Microsoft has initiated a reduction in the number of toolbar commands and a more comprehensive search engine for finding code and projects. The suite will also include consolidated windows for housing disparate pieces of projects otherwise known as “workflow hubs”. The recent beta version offers myriad tools for building “Metro-style” applications — applications that use Windows 8′s new WinRT runtime — using languages such as JavaScript, Visual Basic, C#, and C++” (Garling).

This article ties well into this week’s discussion regarding Visual Basic and its general features. The article mentions the new beta version which offers new tools for building applications and a simplified developer environment. Features from older versions of Visual Basic tend to be simplified in the new beta version which will become available for Windows 8. Overall, the same features are applied in both versions. The only significance between the two are the comprehensive search engine for code and projects, as well as the simplicity of the recent beta. Evidently, both will be able to deliver similar results.

One important aspect that I came away with from this article was the fact that there are always new and innovative ways of improving upon an already implemented software or development tool. Microsoft never seems to let down their customers and constantly finds ways to improve upon previous released software utility tools. A lot of users today tend to adhere to simplified programs, which is why Microsoft has placed much importance on the matter. Above all, the ability to accommodate users with new easily accessible variants of redeveloped software and tools.


Microsoft Woos Joe Developer with New Visual Studio (2012). Wired Enterprise. Garling, Caleb. Retrieved May 13, 2012 from