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Jonathan Rozenblit
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For those of you who are parents, the kids are now back at school and you finally get your own schedule back to do whatever it is that you do best, without any interruptions or distractions. For those of you who aren’t, you’re probably in the same boat anyway because of other parents that you work with. The month of September just has a funny way of having that kind of effect on everyone. But coming back to the status quo is no fun, is it? I mean you did decide to work in an industry where there’s constant change – new technologies, frameworks, tools, etc. coming out frequently; product updates to keep up to date with; and the list goes on. But that’s what makes it fun! At least it certainly does for me.

Talk about good timing then to announce that Windows 8.1 RTM is now available for download for MSDN subscribers. Start off a “new” year fresh with the latest version of Windows 8 with updates that will make both your user experience better and your developer experience more productive and feature-rich. Get Windows 8.1 from the Microsoft Developer Network, , and while downloading, check out 8.1 resources such as the Product Guide for Developers and New APIs and features for Developers.

I can’t talk about Windows 8.1 without talking about Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013, which are now also available as Release Candidates. With access to Visual Studio 2013 RC and TFS 2013 RC, you now have everything you need to start building and testing your Windows 8.1 line of business apps, latest web apps, games, or apps for mobile devices. Make sure to head over to the Visual Studio 2013 RC MSDN download page and get the RCs.

Last but not least, save the date – November 13, 2013 is the Visual Studio 2013 virtual product launch. Get all the info here.

Have a happy and successful “new” app building year,

JR

 
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