In this interview, Xiaoying Guo, a Program Manager on the SharePoint tools team, shows us some of the new tools in Visual Studio for developing SharePoint 2010 & 2013 Apps and solutions. New tools include building Visual Web Parts for sandbox solutions, remote deployment of packages, and a list designer as well as new templates for building SharePoint 2013 apps. I'm a newbie to the new apps model, but Xiaoying helps me understand the differences as well as the flexibility this new model brings.
For more information on SharePoint tools in Visual Studio 2012 see the MSDN Library. To get started building apps for SharePoint 2013 see http://dev.office.com and the MSDN Library topic: SharePoint 2013.
-Beth Massi, Visual Studio Community