What is the community recommendation regarding SharePoint 2010 development with Visual Studio 2010 vs. 2012? I am allowed to install 2010 Pro on my new machine or I may choose 2012 Pro. There may not be a right or wrong answer, but I'd love some feedback. I feel like I will fall behind in other development efforts if I hold to 2010. Thanks.

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It is a personal choice of which one you prefer. I prefer to use Visual Studio 2012 and I haven't had any problems developing solutions for SharePoint 2010.

If you want to try out 2012 then don't let the SharePoint version hold you back.

  • Thanks. That's what I needed. I appreciate you taking the time.
    – Sean
    Mar 14, 2013 at 19:30
  • How to get the project templates for SP 2010 in VS 2012? Am unable to see the SP 2010 empty project templates, from where will I download?
    – samolpp2
    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:59

VS 2012 will work with SP 2010 (but not with SP 2007).

  • Cheers mate. Thanks for the input. Is it preferable in your opinion to VS2010 for SP2010 development?
    – Sean
    Mar 14, 2013 at 19:29
  • If you have a team that has an existing VS2010/SP2010 development process, I see no need to upgrade VS (until you update to SP2013). But if you're starting fresh with SP2010, I'd go VS2012.
    – Will
    Mar 16, 2013 at 18:44

Lots of content on MSDN. Also, I wrote an article with more details from the SP2010 perspective that will be published in the Dutch Information Workers eMagazine "real soon now."

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