Microsoft has made available the first release candidate of the production-ready version of TypeScript 1.0. Announcing it on the TypeScript blog, Jonathan Turner of the TypeScript team said:
TypeScript 1.0RC release is also immediately available for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 development as a standalone power tool and as a cross-platform tool via the npm package.
The main improvements to TypeScript 1.0 from the previous 0.95 version are a simpler type system, an improved lib.d.ts, and a more natural declaration merge order.
At the time there was some scepticism as to whether the world needed another strongly typed language, but TypeScript has overcome such doubts. Writing about the new support for TypeScript in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, on the Visual Studio Blog, Somasegar comments:
The fact that TypeScript code can be compiled means the language offers features typically associated with traditional programming languages such as Java and C++, including the use of static typing so that variable must be declared, and generics so that methods can to be applied to different data types. Classes are also supported.
All this means the Visual Studio IDE can provide more support for developers through tools such as IntelliSense code completion.
Microsoft is also making TypeScript plug-ins available for other programming environments such as Eclipse.