Programmers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

A preview of the new "Visual Studio 11" was recently shown at Microsoft's BUILD conference.

Out of interest, what technology is being used to create it?

I assume it's not WinRT (which I've been led to believe is only for Metro style apps in the new Windows 8 touch-first environment)

Is it still using WPF (like 2010)?

Is it built on .NET 4.5?

Are there any new technologies going into it?

Do we know?

share|improve this question
up vote 6 down vote accepted

My best guess is it is still written using the same technology as Visual Studio 2010.

Visual Studio 2010 was written in C#/WPF but most likely some C++ as well.

The demonstrations showed it didn't run in Metro Style (luckily), but it switched to the ordinary desktop environment which doesn't run on WinRT. Do note that .NET 4.5 can/and should do WinRT calls. I recall (can't verify this atm) that some parts of .NET 4.0 were dropped as they are now encompassed within WinRT.

Whether you need the .NET 4.5 runtime in order to run Visual Studio 2011 I don't know, but you could perhaps find out by installing the developer preview.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.