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Entity Framework 6.1.2 in Beta

Version 6.1.2 contains some high-priority fixes that need to be tested in the wild before it is RTM'd; meanwhile, next version of Entity Framework might be version 7 or something else.

Visual F# 4.0 Preview

New, stabilized version of functional programming language available to those who are previewing Visual Studio 2015.

IoT Project AllJoyn To Be Integrated with Windows 10

Microsoft joins an alliance of companies who are working to develop an open source framework and services for Internet of Things-enabled device intercommunication. The results of that work is expected to show up in current versions of Windows and the forthcoming Windows 10.

Microsoft Announces It Will Open Source .NET, Releases New Visual Studio Tools

Microsoft also releases a bevy of next-generation Visual Studio tools, including Visual Studio Community 2013, which is a full-featured Visual Studio 2013 sans enterprise app development capabilities.

Waratek Lets Java Devs Secure Apps in Azure

Containerized, "bring-your-own security" solution consists of an Apache Tomcat app server with the Waratek Locker.

MS Open Tech Previews IntelliJ Java IDE and Android Studio Plugin

The plugin is aimed at Android devs who want to connect apps to Office 365 services and Azure Mobile Services.

New APIs, SDK for Office 365 App Development

Microsoft announced at TechEd Europe that it's pushing new APIs and SDKs to give developers a straight path to developing mobile-first/cloud-first apps that use familiar Office 365 tools.

Infragistics Ultimate 14.2 UI Toolkit Inspired by Microsoft Office

An incremental but important update to the cross-patform tools developer's UI suite adds a WYSIWYG Page Designer, new data visualization and charting controls, and a Xamarin.Forms component.

Mendix Aids in Cross-Platform Mobile App Dev

No programming skills? No problem - you can still build PhoneGap-based mobile apps. For developers, Mendix streamlines the process.

Infragistics Extends Mobile App Dev Tools

Infragistics has updated its developer toolkit with new functionality including increased support for building cross-platform mobile apps.

Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 Nears Completion

A release candidate that rolls up the most recent features -- work item tracking improvements, addition of the Stakeholder license, Git-based pull requests/code reviews -- bug fixes, and issues is a prelude to the final version expected in the coming months.

New Python Tools for Visual Studio Aim for Web

Python 2.1 for Visual Studio adds templates for working with Python-based Web frameworks from Django, Bottle and Flask.

Microsoft Cozies Up To Docker

Microsoft and Docker will work on integrating Docker's open source container technology with Windows Server, with native deployment and management from any Azure cloud.

Azure Improves Table Storage Paging

Incremental improvement to Azure Mobile Services .NET Backend Azure Storage Extension and Windows Azure Mobile Services will ease table navigation pain with Web apps.

Azure Improves Auditing, Previews PowerShell 0.8.9

Microsoft adds Azure SQL Database auditing improvements, an Azure Websites support extension, and a cloud-based PowerShell in preview.

Visual Studio 14 Update: CTP 4 Slims Down

Fourth in line of public previews comes with improvements to ASP.NET vNext, the Common Language Runtime, and C++ debugging and C# language constructs.

Xamarin Evolves, Adds to Its Mobile App Solution Offerings

The mobile apps company continues to add to its growing suite of tools, with the introduction of new tools and features for mobile app monitoring and testing. These were announced at its conference in Atlanta this week.

Splunk Simplifies System, Mobile App Health

Splunk announced updated Splunk Enterprise 6.2 and debuts cloud-based Splunk MINT at its user confab in Las Vegas.

SQL Server 2008 SP4: Really, That's It This Time

The differences between this release and the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 release from last week are distinct enough to warrant separate releases.

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 Is Last One You'll See

Microsoft makes good on commitment to continue improving older solutions, but the support will eventually end for this version as a newer, cloudified version 2014 takes over.

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