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Getting Started with Visual Studio

You can use Visual Studio to build Windows Store apps, desktop apps, mobile apps, ASP.NET web apps, and XML web services. You can write code in Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, Visual F#, and JavaScript, and create mixed-language solutions more easily. And you can simplify the development of web apps and XML web services by accessing key technologies in the .NET Framework.

Whether you are new to Visual Studio or have used earlier versions, the following documents are designed to help you start using this version quickly.

If you want to


Learn about new and changed features.

What's New in Visual Studio 2013

Find system requirements and other information that you might need before you upgrade

Visual Studio 2013 Compatibility

Migrate apps that were created in earlier versions of Visual Studio.

Visual Studio 2013 Compatibility

Explore the IDE.

Walkthrough: Create a Simple Application with Visual C# or Visual Basic

Start to build Windows Store apps.

Learn to Build Windows Store Apps

Learn how to use Visual Basic and Visual C# to develop simple apps.

Getting Started with Visual C# and Visual Basic

Learn how to use Visual Studio to manage your application's lifecycle.

Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

Adopt features for application lifecycle management in Visual Studio.

Adopting Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server for Application Lifecycle Management

Learn what you can do to keep your apps secure.

Security in Visual Studio

Find out how to carry out different programming tasks.

Visual Studio Samples

Watch videos, work with virtual labs, and access more code samples.

Learn Overview on the Visual Studio Developer Center

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