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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online early adoption period extended!

    When we announced Visual Studio Online back in November of 2013 , we wanted to thank all those developers who trusted the service from the beginning—ever since the early Team Foundation Service bits were deployed. That’s why we decided that all of the Visual Studio Online early adopters should...
  • Blog Post: Try the Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP 2

    The Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP 2 is ready for you to download and try . Our team remains committed to delivering regular improvements to Visual Studio 2013 through new capabilities and bug fixes. The update for Visual Studio 2013 offers improvements in a number of areas including Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Auto History Extension in Visual Studio 2013

    Have you ever found yourself wishing you could roll back a few hours to a piece of code you had working but have made changes to? You were “in the flow” and you haven’t checked anything in to your source control system (or perhaps weren’t using source code control on your project...
  • Blog Post: Visually Creating Snippets

    Get the new Snippetizer DevLabs Extension here Snippets are a fun and easy way to quickly add code into your app. Snippets are commonly used, small blocks of code that represent a particular action or pattern that developers find useful, ranging from simple try-finally or if-else to entire classes...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Survey: How do you develop for multiple form factors?

    This is your chance to influence the next major release of Visual Studio. If you build applications that target multiple devices or form factors (e.g. a single application consumed on phone, tablet and desktop), we want to hear from you. Your input will be used to shape new features planned to streamline...
  • Blog Post: Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2013

    Those following the Visual Studio 2013 launch may have noticed that we've taken your UserVoice feedback seriously and brought more Productivity Power Tools into the core Visual Studio experience . We selected the all-time favorites: Enhanced Scrollbar, Move-line and Brace Completion; polished and...
  • Blog Post: Making Visual Studio Accessible

    Microsoft as a whole is committed to making our technology accessible to everyone (see our Accessibility Mission Statement ). This is true for us here in Visual Studio as well, and we work continuously to improve the accessibility of each product we release. The recently released Visual Studio 2013 is...
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