This question asked how to auto update version number in VS 2010 : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4025704/publishing-in-net-produces-application-files-myapp-someversionnumber-how-to-ge
The answer was, You have to update both Assembly Version AND File version manually
Shouldn't the version number increment each time I publish? Why should I do it manually? Is this is a conscious decision by MS to do it this way? What's the thinking behind having people manually update their own version number?