Just 2 months after the release of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP release, Microsoft released the final version of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 which also includes a single Blend version that can be used to build apps for Silverlight, WPF, Windows Phone and Windows 8 Store etc.
The update is freely available for you to download from Microsoft site. I am going to share the direct link here for you to get easy access link.
Download Visual Studio 2012 Update 2
If you are already using Visual Studio 2012, it is recommended to download this update to add the new & improved tools and capabilities to your Visual Studio 2012 IDE. This update also has a cumulative updates of all VS 2012 IDE bug fixes. Here is the complete list of Visual Studio 2012 products with this Update 2:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Update 2
- Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
- Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2012
- IntelliTrace Collector for Visual Studio 2012
- Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2012
- Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
- Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Language Pack
If you just want the update for the IDE, the first link mentioned above (Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Update 2) is sufficient for you to download and install.
Features in this update
If you are looking for the features available in this update release, check out the below video (approx. 47 minutes in length) available in CH9 where Orville McDonald and Dmitry Lyalin show us some of their favourite new Update 2 features:
Do you want to know more about the other features available in this update release? Check out the Visual Studio Blog: “Visual Studio 2012 – Update 2 RTM!” and S. Somasegar’s blog: “Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Now Available”.
How to get the Offline/Standalone Installer?
The update is available as an web installer and hence you must have to download that installer to begin with the process. If you want am offline/standalone installer of it to install the same in multiple devices or a future installation with out internet collection, you can create the offline installer very easily. Before that, download the web installer from the above link.
Once you have downloaded the web installer, open your Console (cmd.exe) in administrator mode (recommended) and navigate to the path where you downloaded the said installer. Now in the console window, enter the following command “VS2012.2.exe /layout” and follow the steps to download the whole package from Internet to your local drive for an offline installation.