Quality enablement and line-of-business development for SharePoint are two of the areas Microsoft looked to improve with the release last week of Visual Studio Update 2.

According to a blog post by S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, Update 2 focuses on providing developers with the ability to maintain and improve quality throughout development cycles. For SharePoint developers, this will show itself in improvements in Web and load testing, unit testing with emulators, Coded UI support, and IntelliTrace support, Somasegar wrote.

Record and playback for testing SharePoint applications is done through Coded UI, which gives users the ability to perform user-interface validations of SharePoint 2013 applications, according to Microsoft. The IntelliTrace support is the same as it was in SharePoint 2010.

The update, Somasegar wrote in his blog, includes the ability to use LightSwitch to create applications and Web clients using HTML and JavaScript that run across browsers, with support targeting SharePoint 2013 and Office 365.

These capabilities, first described during the Visual Studio 2012 launch, have come to fruition in this update. The update is available here.