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Second Preview of Office Dev Tools for Visual Studio 2015

SharePoint 2016 and add-in development support are highlights of this release that allows Visual Studio developers to customize Microsoft Office.

dotConnect ADO.NET Data Providers Support Newest Entiry Framework

Providers for Oracle, MySQL, PostgresSQL, SQLite 5.5, and DB 2.0 can now work with Entity Framework Core 1.0 RC1.

Xamarin's Tooling Evolves, SDK Now Open Source

Slew of announcements from the company at its Evolve 16 event in Florida include a bevy of solutions to help developers connect to Macs to create native iOS apps.

In July, Cost of Obtaining a Developer Certification Will Go Up

Microsoft Learning is providing early warning to exam takers that the cost of taking MCP exams, including exams for obtaining the developer-based titles, will go up worldwide at mid-year.

Visual Studio Online Sprint 98 Improves Number of Work Item Capabilities

Latest updates allows more incremental improvements to work items, such as alerts for keeping up with them and ability to move between projects, as well as the simple act of changing their types.

No Longer in Preview, Visual Studio Code 1.0 'Ships'

The online cross-platform editor is now a finished product, now that the company has appended its name with a version 1.0.

ReSharper Ultimate 2016.1 Improves on VB, TypeScript Support

Newer version of the coding extension for Visual Studio makes incremental improvements in VB.NET 14 support, and will come with Intermediate Language viewer.

Improved UWP Support, Bug Fixes Rolled into Latest Visual Studio 2015 Update 2

An updated .NET Native toolchain, Universal Windows SDK Picker, and improved Store Package Wizard are a handful of new features in a recent rollup of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2.

NativeScript 1.7 Extends Support to Visual Studio Code

Cross-platform development tool is now integrated with Visual Studio Code via an extension. The company is also workin on support for UWP and Windows Mobile 10.

Visual Studio 15 Preview Comes with Salsa

Why does Visual Studio need a JavaScript language service? The Visual Studio team explains in a blog post that it comes down to better JavaScript coding efficiency.

Native Hyper-V Containers in Windows 10 Will 'Ease Developer Pain'

Microsoft said it will add tooling to Hyper-V containers in Windows 10 that will allow developers to bypass complex VM machinations to support development activities. Coming PowerShell module for Docker is also aimed at devs.

Windows 10 Insiders Can Take Bash for a Spin

A Windows 10 preview build now has some basic Bash shell capabilities that only Windows Insider members can check out in a test environment.

Linux Coding Extension Available for Visual C++

Write code destined for Linux servers, desktops and devices right from the Visual C++ as if it were native code.

Visual Studio '15' Is What's vNext

Microsoft offered a preview of Visual Studio '15' at Build last week. And whileit's just not quite ready for prime time, it's got an impressive number of changes with practically every tool in it that demand developer attention.

Kusto Gobbles Up Application Insights Data

A new tool that ingests every piece of Application Insights and turns it into reportable information is now getting its public preview. It's also got a name.

SQL Server 2014 Free for Visual Studio Dev Essentials Members

It's limited what VSDE member can do with it. Also: SQL Server 2016, when released later this year, will also be free.

Build 2016: Office 365 Integration Goes Deeper Than Just Office

Microsoft's Qi Lu and his team showed off a few new developer features that will make Office 365 integration a much easier prospect, including Skype SDKs that open up communication capabilities.

Build 2016, Day 2: Microsoft's Guthrie Maps Lofty Goals for Azure Build Out

The second day of Build highlighted the "cloud-first" part of Microsoft's mission. Plus: Xamarin is set free and is open sourced.

From Build 2016: Windows 10 Update for Summer, HoloLens Now

Microsoft's Satya Nadella expands the company's vision with the concept of "conversations as a platform." That's where Skype, HoloLens, and Cortana now need developers to usher those tools deeper into the conversation,, which means tools aplenty now and to come.

From Build 2016: Windows 10 Anniversary Update Will Have Bash

Microsoft adds native support for the Linux-based Bash command-line shell in Windows update coming this summer.

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