I want to love this. I have found that having access to all the platforms and browsers to be invaluable, and that to me justified the price, but yes it is so slow at times you can't even get anything done. This is of course dependent upon which platform/browser you're on.
My main issue however is connecting to Android devices. I always have issues connecting to Android devices; to local or live sites. iOS works ALL the time. I've tried both Chrome and FF and rarely get success with the Android devices regardless of OS version.
Again, iOS always works (and works well) but in real life I'm less concerned with iPhones, etc due to my developments working so well with them anyway. So, it's the Android platform I have special interest in especially due to the array of products and OS versions. That is the major issue here; the one thing I need, I cannot seem to ever do.
I highly recommend trying this plugin and you currently can get three months free by going through http://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools
I did run in to some issues with the java applet on my work machine with IE8 but was able to work in Chrome.
This URL might help you.
I actually added those lines in the <Installation> section and it worked well in VS 2013 RC:
<InstallationTarget Version="12.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro" />
<InstallationTarget Version="12.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Premium" />
<InstallationTarget Version="12.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Ultimate" />
I've installed web tools 2012.2. Then I went to www.browserstack.com and downloaded the extension. However, it told me I miss the reference "Visual Studio MPF".
I found a post said that "Express editions not supported."
Something else to installed for BrowserStack?
Windows 7 sp1 64bit
VS express 2012 for web
Please ensure you have Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 installed for Visual Studio 2012 - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36053
Once installed, the BrowserStack extension will show up in the Browse With menu after installing ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2. Please let us know if this works for you. Thanks and have a good day.
The BrowserStack Team