Software Update Released Roundup for April 2012

Microsoft released Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta. The available Visual Studio 11 Beta products and localizations are pre-release versions of the next release of Visual Studio. .NET 4.5 is an in-place update of .NET 4 and provides app compatibility for all .NET 4 scenarios. You can install and use Visual Studio 11 Beta alongside Visual Studio 2010. [http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/11/en-us/downloads]


Together Microsoft also announced general availability of SQL Server 2012 for purchase and download. SQL Server 2012 delivers include new set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid IT across traditional datacenters and public and private clouds. [http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/sql-2012-editions.aspx]

Apple released iTunes 10.6.1 32-bit and 64-bit fixes issue including unexpectedly quit while playing videos, changing artwork size in Grid view, syncing photos to devices, interface elements are incorrectly described by VoiceOver and WindowEyes addressed and resolves an ordering problem while browsing TV episodes in iTunes library on Apple TV. [http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1426]

Apple iPhoto also update to version 9.2.3 with minor update to overall improve stability and address issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly on machines with multiple user accounts. [http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1514]

Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 11.2 32-bit and 64-bit is the latest version of the IE browser plugin. If you’re using a different browser, Adobe Flash Player for Other Browsers 11.2 32-bit and 64-bit have been released offering improved performance with taking advantage of GPUs. Flash Player 11.2 contain fixes for critical vulnerabilities identified in Security Bulletin APSB12-07. [http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html#fp11]

Adobe also released Adobe Air 3.2 which introduces Stage3D graphics technology for iOS and Android, enabling efficient, 1000x faster native GPU rendering performance. [http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air/air-sdk-download.html]

Lightroom 4.1 is now available as Release Candidates on Adobe Labs added support for the Canon 5D Mk III and, according to the Lightroom Journal, fixes a number of bugs including Point Curve adjustments, performance issues, update DNG previews and metadata, improved viewing of subfolders and stacks in folders with a large number of photos. [http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom4-1/]

Notepad++ 6 release is available include support for PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expressions), added Document Map feature and enhance loading performance for large file. [http://notepad-plus-plus.org/news/notepad-6.0-release.html]

There have been number of releases from AVG starting with AVG Premium Security 2012 SP1 (v12.0.2126). This latest service pack adds ad tracker blocking and protection against spoofed wifi networks. Service pack for AVG Anti-Virus 2012 SP1 (v12.0.2126), AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 SP1 (v12.0.2126), AVG Internet Security 2012 SP1 (v12.0.2126) and AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2012 v12.0.2126 update also available. [http://free.avg.com/ww-en/homepage]

Regarding browser update news, Google Chrome 18 FINAL entering the stable channel and there is also portable version available in the form of Google Chrome Portable 18.0.1025.137 Beta. Now Google Chrome 19.0.1084.1 Dev for anyone who likes to be at the cutting edge, and Google Chrome Portable 19.0.1077.3 Dev is available. Google Chrome 18 FINAL include new version of speed and security optimized variantComodo Dragon 18 FINAL [http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2012/03/stable-channel-release-and-beta-channel.html], while Apple Safari 5.1.5 is a more minor release. [http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5218]

Opera released Opera 11.62 on March 27 primarily a security update, crash fixes and other high visility bugs. [http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/2012/03/27/opera-11-62-released]