Like the event launch of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, most of the latest beta products from Microsoft were released. Apart from Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the examples of beta products include Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 11. Same is the case with the launch of Windows 8 Release Preview. The release candidates of Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 have also been released.
According to the Visual Studio blog:
Since the release of Beta, we’ve been hard at work making final touches, addressing top customer feedback from Beta, and improving performance across the IDE. Take an in-depth look at what’s new in the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 RC and .NET Framework 4.5 on Jason Zander’s blog. We also encourage you to check out the new Windows 8 App Developer Blog to learn more about how to build great Metro style apps for Windows 8.
You can instantly download Visual Studio 2012 (aka Visual Studio 11) by clicking on the following direct download links:
Please note that Visual Studio 2012 only works on Windows 8.
You will not be able to run it on Windows 7. Visual Studio also comes with .NET Framework 4.5. Fredrik has pointed out in the comments that Visual Studio 2012 works well on Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems as mentioned in the system requirements.