Microsoft previews new Visual Studio, .NET
Floats fresh Azure SDK
BUILD Microsoft has given MSDN subscribers access to a preview version of Visual Studio 11 and a new version of .NET as well as developer version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
Microsoft has also released a preview version of .NET 4.5, with improved support for HTML5 and CSS3, and a preview of ASP.NET MVC 4, which Redmond says will handle web rendering better in a variety of browsers.
Separately, the company released a preview version of Team Foundation Services, a collaboration tool for coders that runs atop its Azure cloud. And it disgorged a new Azure SDK, version 1.5, with a beefed up emulator and remote desktop encryption and a Windows 8 toolkit. ®
"Trace features are for the lazy"
Simplistic tosh. You're leaping on a simplified description of a feature, and making some pretty ill-informed comments about its purpose.
Features like this are entirely valid and valuable, and don't imply a hacky approach to development - they are primarily diagnostic tools, and key to efficient diagnosis is cutting down your search space.
Modern renderers can be very tricky beasts to work with, with visual glitches potentially the result of megabytes of artist-authored content (i.e. outside the programmer's control), multiple interacting shader programs and engine-level polygon-processing - working back from the output to the culprit buffers and shaders is an absolute godsend.
While you're at it, why not chuck the debugger on the bonfire, because it shouldn't be necessary.
it's beginning to look more and more like the end of silverlight. I believe Win8 will ship with two versions of IE, one for "desktop mode" and one for Metro - with Metro being the preferred operating mode. The Metro version of IE will not support plugins, therefore either silverlight will be built in as standard, or silverlight is dead.
I suspect it may be the latter...
HTML5 is the future, whether you like it or not...
It was about monopoly
EU slammed MS for IE in Windows because MS effectively has a monopoly in the desktop OS market.
If Chromium ever has the same problem, well, at least it will have rid the world of Windows.