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  • Blog Post: Connecting to Cloud Services

    Modern applications often rely on services for analytics, data storage and retrieval, and customer information. It’s increasingly common to see applications that blend together services such as Salesforce with Azure Storage and a couple of analytics services such as Application Insights or Flurry. While...
  • Blog Post: Improving the Visual Studio Account Management Experience

    Anyone who has built an application in Visual Studio that uses several services (e.g. roaming Visual Studio settings, accessing Azure services in Server Explorer, or using Windows Store) has probably experienced what we’ve come to call “sign-in Whack-A-Mole ,” with prompts popping up when you least expect...
  • Blog Post: Tools for Apache Cordova Update: iOS Debugging & Windows 8.1 Support

    At Visual Studio Connect(); we released an update to the Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova. These tools allow you to use Visual Studio to build Apache Cordova-based apps written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. What makes these apps special is that they allow you to marry the familiarity of coding...
  • Blog Post: The C# and Visual Basic Code-Focused IDE Experience

    The new C# and Visual Basic code-focused IDE experience in the Visual Studio 2015 Preview is significantly improved over the experience in Visual Studio 2013 and I’m excited to share some highlights with you. We’ll look at a few key areas: Refreshed Core IDE Experiences – your...
  • Blog Post: Save the date! Connect(“November 12 & 13”); is almost here

    Don’t miss the cloud-first, mobile-first, code-first virtual event for developers, streaming live starting November 12 th ! Join us on Day 1, November 12 th and watch keynotes from Scott Guthrie, S. Somasegar, Brian Harry, and Scott Hanselman where they will share news on innovative new products...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Apps for Web Developers

    The path of a mobile app developer often begins with a choice: develop for iOS, Android or Windows? It’s a choice that instantly diminishes the size of your potential audience, but developers often hold their nose and reluctantly make a decision. Those who need to reach all three app stores, choose...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio “14” CTP 4 and TypeScript 1.1 CTP Released

    Today we released Visual Studio “14” CTP 4 . To get started, download the bits (also available on MSDN subscriber downloads page ), or use one of the VMs in Azure . This CTP includes all features and fixes from previous CTPs, and: ASP.NET vNext tooling and runtime updates. Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Survey on API Consumption and Tooling

    UPDATE 9/19: The survey has been updated based on feedback from our readers. UPDATE 9/17: Thanks for sharing your feedback on this topic. The survey is currently closed. We will post an update here once the survey re-opens. APIs lie at the heart of our cloud-first, mobile-first strategy. In order...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 1 Ready to Download

    The first CTP for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 is ready to download . Update 4 CTP 1 includes feature enhancements and bug fixes for Team Foundation Server and Visual C++. Checkout this detailed blog post for more info on Team Foundation Server enhancements . To learn about bug fixes check out the release...
  • Blog Post: Survey for Web App developers or Cordova developers

    When it comes to ensuring that code quality is high, methods and approaches vary by developer. The Visual Studio team would like to hear about the ways in which you ensure high code quality. Specifically, we are looking to developers building hybrid apps using Apache Cordova™ and/or developers...
  • Blog Post: Survey on Xamarin usage with .NET or VC++

    Cross platform mobile device development is important: With bring-your-own-device trends in the enterprise, and heterogeneity in the consumer mobile device market, developers are increasingly focused on building apps that can target a variety of devices. We are committed to enabling developers to...
  • Blog Post: Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC

    Today we released the Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC for download on CodePlex . Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is an open-source plug-in for Visual Studio that supports programming with the Python language. PTVS supports a broad range of features including CPython/IronPython, editing, IntelliSense...
  • Blog Post: Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.0 Beta 2 Available

    Today we released the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.0 Beta 2 which is now available for download . NTVS is Microsoft’s free Visual Studio add-on that enables a rich experience for working with Node.js apps, giving developers the power of the Visual Studio code editor including support for...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 Available

    Today we released CTP 2 of Visual Studio “14,” which is the codename for the next version of Visual Studio. To get started, you can download the bits (also available on MSDN subscriber downloads ), or use the VM in Azure we’re making available (see the note below). In addition to the...
  • Blog Post: Update 3 Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2013

    Today we’re announcing the Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 , which is now available for download ; direct links for these downloads are at the bottom of this post. You can read more about the announcement on Brian Harry’s blog , this Channel 9 video , and on the Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: New Memory Usage Tool for WPF and Win32 Applications

    In Visual Studio 2013 we added a tool in the performance and diagnostics hub to enable you to analyze memory usage for Windows Store apps built using XAML. Since last fall, we’ve gotten requests to support WPF and Win32 apps. Today we’re happy to share the progress we’ve made on these...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio “14” CTP now available

    Today we released Visual Studio “14” CTP , an early preview of the next version of Visual Studio. You can find the Visual Studio and .NET release announcements on Soma's blog . We’re pretty early on in development, but wanted to start to show some of the new features we’re thinking...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Update to Productivity Power Tools 2013

    Today, we’re releasing an update to Productivity Power Tools 2013 on the Visual Studio Gallery. In this release, we fixed a number of customer-reported bugs and issues, and introduced a new feature called syntactic line compression. Syntactic line compression enables you to make better use of...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is here!

    We’re excited to share that the final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is ready to download . If you are already using Visual Studio 2013 then you’ll soon have a notification waiting for you in the notification hub to start the download and install Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013. If...
  • Blog Post: TypeScript 1.0 Released and Open for Contributions

    Recently, we announced the release of TypeScript 1.0. In addition, we’re excited to say that TypeScript is now taking code contributions from the community. This is a significant milestone for the TypeScript project and team! TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that adds types to JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Building Windows Phone 8.1 Apps in HTML

    Last week at the BUILD conference, we announced that you can now build apps for Windows Phone 8.1 using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript using much the same techniques you use for building Windows 8.1 Store apps today. To help you build these apps, we’ve made many improvements to Visual Studio 2013 and...
  • Blog Post: The Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    Release candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is now available to download . This update supports TFS 2013 Update 2 RTM as well as the Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.1 platform releases announced yesterday. Checkout Somasegar’s blog where he talks about these new releases, the .NET...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Compact 2013 now available for Visual Studio 2013

    As announced recently on the Windows Embedded blog , the Windows Embedded Compact 2013 product is now generally available . This update release includes integration to the latest Visual Studio 2013 through updated platform builder and application builder, inbox WiFi device driver for TI SDP44xx and debugging...
  • Blog Post: Improving High-DPI support for Visual Studio 2013

    Visual Studio has had support for High-DPI modes for some time. Visual Studio 2010 adopted WPF as its primary UI framework, which addressed many existing high-DPI issues. Some of our components which leverage Win32, however, had not been fully updated to incorporate high-DPI awareness. At the beginning...
  • Blog Post: Blend for HTML Behaviors and Actions

    Blend for Visual Studio 2013 introduces a feature to HTML developers that may be familiar to those who already work with XAML: Behaviors . When attached to HTML elements, Behaviors add life to an application by executing a JavaScript event handler. Developers can choose from a wide variety of ready-to...
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