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Microsoft Open Sources Tool to Run More Linux Distros on Windows 10

Microsoft has open sourced a tool that helps official Linux distribution maintainers and other developers run their OS packages on Windows 10, via Windows Store distribution for the former or individual sideloading for the latter.

TypeScript 2.8 Officially Released: Hello Conditional Types

Less than two weeks after publishing the TypeScript 2.8 Release Candidate, Microsoft has officially launched it into general availability, bringing conditional types and more.

Q&A: Philip Japikse on Hands-On with ASP.NET Core and EF Core

'I think ASP.NET Core is the biggest game changer in the history of Web development using the Microsoft stack.'

Visual Studio Team Services Gets Multi-Machine Deployment

Multi-machine deployment with Visual Studio Team Services via deployment groups is now out of preview and generally available.

Visual Studio IDE Tracks VS Code Extension Model

Microsoft's flagship Visual Studio IDE is continuing to track the extension model introduced with the company's open source Visual Studio Code editor, most recently adding support for debug adapters.

What's New in Azure Data Development

Data developers using Microsoft's Azure cloud have several new offerings to work with as database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL, along with Azure Databricks, are now generally available.

'Death to JavaScript!' Blazor, for .NET Web Apps Using WebAssembly, Goes Alpha

Blazor, an experimental technology that some believe will save .NET Web coders from "the insanity of JavaScript," has been released by Microsoft in its first public preview.

Visual Studio for Mac Now Fully Supports Xamarin.Forms Development with .NET Standard

It's goodbye to Portable Class Library projects and hello to .NET Standard Library projects for Xamarin.Forms development in the new Visual Studio for Mac version 7.5 Preview 1.

What's New in Visual Studio 2017 v15.7 Previews

Announced barely a week after the official release of v15.6, the first preview of v15.7 includes productivity enhancements, better diagnostics, more C++ development improvements, better management of Android and iOS environments and more.

VS Code Adds JUnit 5 Testing Support, More Java Functionality

Visual Studio Code developers have asked for support for more test frameworks and Microsoft said it has responded in kind, announcing initial support for JUnit 5 this week, along with other Java-related features.

Visual Studio Live! Keynote: Go with the Creative Flow

"In this ever changing and evolving world of technology, we have to be innovating to stay ahead," said Microsoft's Kasey Uhlenhuth in her keynote address at Visual Studio Live! in Las Vegas.

What's New in TypeScript 2.8 RC

Microsoft is seeking developer feedback for the new TypeScript 2.8 release candidate, featuring new conditional types and more.

.NET Continues Its Broad Reach

Right now is best time to be a .NET developer, said Microsoft's James Montemagno in a Visual Studio Live! keynote address. "It enables us to develop code on any OS we want, it has great tools for Visual Studio, it works with amazing languages, and there's a beautiful community of developers creating awesome libraries."

VB 6 Tops Stack Overflow's 'Most Dreaded' Programming Language List ... Again

Although Microsoft programming languages fared quite well in Stack Overflow's huge new developer survey, Visual Basic 6 was again named the "most dreaded" language -- just like last year, and the year before -- with VB.NET and VBA not far behind.

Microsoft's Programming Language Approach Pays Off, Popularity Report Says

RedMonk's latest programming language popularity report says Microsoft's multi-language approach is paying off, giving the company the "most to crow about" among all vendors.

What's New in Visual Studio Code 1.21 (February Release)

The February 2018 edition of Microsoft's lightweight, cross-platform and open source Visual Studio Code editor has shipped, with new notifications functionality, Integrated Terminal splitting and much more.

Microsoft Announces 'Windows ML' Platform for AI-Assisted Windows 10 Apps

Microsoft today said Windows 10 developers will soon be able to more easily infuse artificial intelligence functionality into their apps with the help of a new machine learning platform coming in the next update of the OS.

VS Code Team Posts Help Wanted Ad for More Python

Microsoft has gone all in on Python for its cross-platform, open source code editor and is now seeking more dev help after hiring the creator of a popular Python extension (7 million installs) and taking ownership of the project.

What's New in Visual Studio for Mac 7.4

Microsoft this week announced the availability of Visual Studio for Mac 7.4, which now supports recent versions of Android, macOS and C# among many other new features.

What's New in Visual Studio 2017 15.6

Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2017 15.6 with improved performance -- especially in solution load times -- topping the list of new features and enhancements.

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