snydeq writes: "Tim Anderson provides a first look at the Visual Studio 11 beta, Microsoft's all-encompassing Windows development tool now with Metro support. 'Visual Studio has been gradually reworked in its last few versions so that it's easier to extend and modernize its user interface. Now with version 11, Microsoft has given Visual Studio a Metro makeover in keeping with the new style of Windows,' Anderson writes. 'Behind its gray face Visual Studio 11 packs in a ton of new features. Metro development is the most obvious, and considering that the platform is new in Windows 8, the developer tools are impressive.'"