On the March to .NET 5 in November, Microsoft shipped the second preview of Visual Studio 2019 v16.8, boosting functionality surrounding Git, .NET productivity and Xamarin.
Notwithstanding Microsoft's death knell for Visual Basic, a new project scheduled to debut this fall aims to keep at least some semblance of the iconic programming language going and evolving.
"We have been working tirelessly to enable IntelliCode for more programming languages and, in the meantime, researching ways to improve the model precision and coverage to deliver an even more satisfying user experience."
TypeScript hit the v4.0 milestone, featuring a bevy of new features, improvements and fixes as the latest edition of Microsoft's popular open source programming language was said to represent the "next generation" of releases focusing more on expressivity, productivity and scalability.
Microsoft's latest monthly updates to its Azure SDKs for cloud computing include many new features, updates and fixes, highlighted by Azure Identity graduating to general availability.
"Our vision is to enable you to develop pixel-perfect, multi-platform applications using C# and WinUI," says Uno Platform, which recently announced it's getting closer to that goal with the new v3.0 update.
It's well known how Microsoft has transformed from a proprietary, monolithic software "Evil Empire" to an inclusive, open source champion, but just in case you didn't get the message yet, a new company site will do the trick.
Code cells from Python scripts by default will still be executed in a same interactive window, but developers can now configure the Python extension to run separate files in separate interactive windows.
Microsoft's dev team responsible for the Java on Visual Studio Code extensions released a new update that eases the "getting started" experience, addressing feedback from new users who want an easier onramp.
The July 2020 release of Visual Studio Code, or version 1.48, is out with the usual bevy of improvements in accessibility, the workbench, source control, debugging and more.
Microsoft officially launched its new dual-screen Android device, Surface Duo, presenting new challenges -- and opportunities -- for developers to leverage the new form factor.
Microsoft shipped Xamarin.Forms 4.8 with two new experimental features leading the improvements to the C#-based cross-platform UI toolkit: gradients/brushes for "painting" in an app and drag-and-drop functionality within an app.
With Visual Studio 2019 v16.7 officially in the books, Microsoft wasted no time in providing a peek at what lies ahead for the flagship IDE.
Google updated its increasingly popular open source Flutter UI software development toolkit that targets mobile, web and desktop apps from a single codebase, boosting functionality of the associated Visual Studio Code extensions.
Along with its Windows counterpart, Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.7, boosting functionality around ASP.NET Core, unit testing integration, Xamarin.Forms, Quick Actions/Refactorings and more.
Microsoft announced a private preview of Visual Studio Codespaces, which eases the setup and use of cloud-powered development environments that can be used from anywhere for remote development and other scenarios, targeting C++ console app and library developers.
Better GitHub integration and other improvements highlight the new Visual Studio 2019 Version 16.7 and first preview of v16.8.
Taking a page from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) book on cloud computing platforms, Microsoft has introduced its own Azure Well-Architected Framework, providing a set of architecture best practices to help users build and deliver great solutions and improve the quality of cloud workloads.