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Use VMs for Windows 10 Development

Microsoft is making it so much more convenient for developers to get hands-on experience building Windows 10- and UWP-based apps -- via preconfigured Windows 10-based virtual machines.

Microsoft EVP Harry Shum To Helm New AI Research Group

From Microsoft Ignite: Shum will lead new group formed out of Microsoft Research and others that will study the implications of artificial intelligence on future innovations in computing and development.

Microsoft Claims Fastest Network in the Cloud

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated some of the AI supercomputing capabilities in its Azure public cloud that make it now among the fastest cloud services available. The secret sauce is the use of field-programmable gate arrays.

Taking C# and Xamarin Everywhere

From Visual Studio Live!: Microsoft's Xamarin guy James Montemagno described the combination of C# and Xamarin as the perfect mobile platform.

Team Foundation Server 15 RC2 Deemed Production-Ready

Microsoft's Visual Studio team says that even though it's a release candidate, it can be used for developing production-ready apps, which the company has dogfooded it internally. Also: Pricing for Release Management available, now that it's a part of TFS '15' RC2.

Second Preview of Azure Stack at Ignite

A second preview of the forthcoming on-premises version of Azure highlights "infrastructure management technologies."

Microsoft's Cloud Covers Germany, More Geographic Areas

From Microsoft Ignite: Azure now in Germany, four other areas. Plus: Bevy of Azure announcements include more security controls in the cloud, improved monitoring capabilities.

Unifying .NET with .NET Standard 2.0

The goal of .NET Standard is for "one library to rule them all," or more simply, one library of APIs that can be used across a number of platforms without much afterthought. The .NET team lets us in on their plans in the near future.

Adobe SaaS Offerings Depend Even More on Azure

From Microsoft Ignite: The partnership that kicked off between the two companies two years ago takes another leap forward into the cloud in a big way.

Faster Visual C++ for Linux 1.0.5

It appears to be an incremental update, but the new features make all the difference when it comes to speed.

Visual Studio '15' Has New Setup Engine

The Visual Studio team said the goal with the new setup engine is to speed up installations, as well as install only what is necessary for what the developer requires.

Azure Service Fabric on Linux Preview at Microsoft Ignite

At Microsoft's conference later this month, it will show off the microservice-based ALM too. It won't have Visual Studio support, but developers will be able to use Linux dev tools to allow Service Fabric to tap into Linux VMs.

ASP.NET Core, .NET Core, EF Core 1.0.1 Updates

Among the list of bug fixes is one that squashes a potential security issue with ASP.NET Core View Component that can result in an elevation of privilege on systems.

Custom Work Item Types Now a Thing in Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 105

Full process customization gets nearer to reality with the ability to create custom work item types. Plus, work item history and release management get more refined in this month's Web release.

AWS SDK for C++ Ready for Production Use

The experiment is over and now C++ developers can tap into the production-ready version of AWS SDK that allows them to create modern C++ interfaces to AWS.

Azure Outage Rolls Through Europe, India

A significant disruption of Microsoft's Azure cloud services has affected a large number of customers in Europe and India, and it's really trying the patience of developers using Visual Studio Team Services, with only partial use of services back online as of Friday afternoon.

Tagged Unions, More Literals Previewed in TypeScript 2.0 RC

This TypeScript 2.0 release candidate shows off a few new features, such as tagged unions and support for more literal types, and flexes itself beyond excludes in the config file with support for globs and includes. Bonus: It's "stable enough for general use," says Microsoft.

What's In Store for C# 7.0

Developers who have been taking Visual Studio '15' Preview through its paces are getting a good look at a number of key C# 7.0 features, such as tuples and pattern matching.

iOS Web Apps Debugging Extension for Visual Studio Code

New extension allows editing of JavaScript running in a Safari browser, directly from Visual Studio Code runnning on a Windows or Mac machine. Also: UserVoice getting replaced for another feedback loop.

Visual Studio Team Services/TFS Offer Streamlined iOS App Delivery

The new extension that provides continuous delivery services from within VSTS and TFS is now available in the Visual Studio Marketplace.

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