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  • Blog Post: Developing Xamarin Android Native Applications

    Xamarin has quickly become a popular way for creating cross-platform mobile applications promoting true code-reuse while allowing developers to create native* (native here means natural to the platform) user interfaces, providing them access to full spectrum of functionality exposed by the underlying...
  • Blog Post: Code Analysis Survey

    The Visual C++ team loves surveys , but maybe not for the reasons you think. Surveys are often used to collect data that is sliced, diced, aggregated and munged to provide objective audience insights. We use some of our surveys for this purpose -- how common is the use of some feature, scenario, or...
  • Blog Post: IncrediBuild and the Visual Studio 2015 Preview

    As a reader of this blog, you already know that Visual Studio 2015 Preview is available and has been for a few months. Many of you have downloaded the preview and tried out the many new productivity, performance, portability and cross-platform features. We appreciate your feedback (and bug reports)!...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 Release Candidate

    The Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2013 update 4 is here. Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RC Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 KB article Announcement on Brian Harry's blog, Visual Studio and TFS 2013.4 (Update 4) Release Candidate Visit the KB for all the details!
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 2 Available

    You can grab the download here . If you do not want to click through to the release notes, there are two technology improvements: Visual Studio now scans or rescans a solution and then updates the database much more quickly for large solutions. Therefore, the browsing process should be much...
  • Blog Post: VS 2013 Update 4 CTP 1 is Live!

    Hello C++ World! My name is Gabriel Ha; I'm a program manager on the Visual C++ team, and from everyone who worked to bring the following improvements to you, we are super excited to share the good news and look forward to hearing back on your experience! Some of you out there, especially those...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 Now Available

    Today we released Visual Studio "14" CTP 3 and an early build of the .NET Framework (read the announcement on the Visual Studio blog here ). Grab it from the Microsoft Download Center or from MSDN subscriber downloads or save some setup time and use a ready-to-use VM in Azure . In this CTP, we continue...
  • Blog Post: Survey for You :)

    We know a lot of you C++ developers also use other frameworks like .NET and Xamarin. If so, do you mind taking a brief survey at http://aka.ms/vsmdd ? Look for us to share highlights from the last couple of surveys in the next month or so. We are still ruminating over the responses and the individual...
  • Blog Post: Visual C++ Bytes Redux

    Be sure to check out the third episode of the current season of VC++ Bytes, featuring demos for a slew of additional productivity features added to Visual Studio “14” CTP 2! Check out the video (and leave us feedback!) at http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/C9-GoingNative/VC-Bytes-2-3-Additional...
  • Blog Post: CTP2 for Visual Studio "14" Now Available

    You have probably already heard, but CTP2 for Visual Studio "14" is now available. Download Visual Studio "14" CTP2 (also available on MSDN ). You could save time and use the VM in Azure . Learn more about what’s in the Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 with the KB article , VS blog...
  • Blog Post: VC++ Bytes on Channel 9

    If you’d like to get an idea of what new features are in store for you in the Visual Studio “14” CTP, be sure to check out the VC++ Bytes series on Channel 9! The series is dedicated to showcasing new (native) features in current and upcoming releases of Visual Studio. Here are links...
  • Blog Post: Bugs Fixed in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 includes a number of fixes filed through Connect: Free functions can be called using curly braces instead of parentheses. ( link ) When attempting to expand a recursive template, the compiler uses large amounts of memory and then crashes. Internal compiler error...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio “14” CTP

    Today, the Visual Studio "14" CTP was released. Soma writes all about it on his blog . Go ahead and click over to read the article, especially the section on Visual C++ conformance updates with an updated conformance roadmap. Pause. Cool, huh? Here are the improvements for Visual C++: ...
  • Blog Post: Survey Says...one more bump!

    Some developers just like you have already taken one (or both) of our active surveys. Many have opted in for more engagement, agreeing to be contacted for follow-up questions and for a chance to learn more about your development experiences. Our surveys are still open so you still have a chance to...
  • Blog Post: Survey Says…

    Survey , survey , survey ! We really want you to fill out our new survey . It is short and focuses on your C++ development experience including Android and iOS. Why? Cross platform mobile device development is important: With bring-your-own-device trends in the enterprise, and heterogeneity in...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Developers Conference C++ 4/29 – 4/30

    Tarek Madkour and Daniel Griffing join other notable speakers at ADC++ in Munich, Germany this week. Tarek and Daniel each have a couple talks in the two day event agenda : Keynote - Modern C++ Developement with Visual C++ Creating Windows 8.1 Phone and Store Apps Direct X Debugging and Profiling...
  • Blog Post: BUILD 2014 begins tomorrow, no fooling!

    ** Update 4/2 9am ** Are you watching the keynote live at http://channel9.msdn.com/?wt.mc_id=build_hp? The BUILD conference begins tomorrow. Here are few things you, our loyal Visual C++ blog readers, should know: You can watch live on Channel 9 . (Channel 9 turned 10 and Satya sent birthday...
  • Blog Post: DirectX 12

    For Friday, how about more information about DirectX 12 announced at GDC earlier this week? DirectX 12 introduces the next version of Direct3D, the graphics API at the heart of DirectX. Direct3D is one of the most critical pieces of a game or game engine, and we've redesigned it to be faster and more...
  • Blog Post: cppcon registration open!

    From cppcon : Registration is now open for CppCon 2014 to be held September 7–12, 2014 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington, USA. The conference will start with the keynote by Bjarne Stroustrup titled " Make Simple Tasks Simple! " This is a full five-day conference, and in this...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2

    Today, we have released Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2 , a go-live Team Foundation Server 2013 RC and TypeScript 1.0 RC. This update release preview includes several significant feature additions as well as fixes. You can see full details in the release notes . But you don't have to take my word...
  • Blog Post: C++ AMP to target Khronos SPIR and HSAIL

    The Parallel Programming in Native Code blog recently announced Clang support for C++ AMP via LLVM backend. This is a key milestone in our commitment (as mentioned in Somasegar's blog ) to share the C++ AMP specification to all C++ developers, regardless of whether they're using Visual C++ or not. Portability...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 RC Now Available

    A few minutes ago, Soma announced the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2013, .NET Framework 4.5.1 and Team Foundation Server 2013. Also announced was the Virtual Launch date – November 13 th , 2013: The RC release is the next big step toward the release of Visual Studio 2013. Today I am also...
  • Blog Post: Fix: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 breaks Windows XP targeting with ATL and/or statically linking MFC

    Recently, some of our customers reported a bug in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 that breaks Windows XP targeting with C++ in some scenarios. Specifically, applications using ATL and/or statically linking with MFC will get the following error when run on Windows XP: "The procedure entry point InitializeCriticalSectionEx...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Casablanca refresh

    Back, at the end of April, we announced our first release of Casablanca as an incubation project on Devlabs. Since then, we are glad to have received a positive response from the C++ community. Today, we are announcing a “bug-fix” refresh to the Casablanca release. The update can be...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Casablanca, a native library to access the cloud from C++

    Our devices are becoming increasingly connected, and at the same time our customers expect the applications running on those devices to be fast and fluid. Asynchrony is important on the client for responsiveness and on the server for scalability. Today we are announcing Casablanca , a Microsoft incubation...
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