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New Exams for UWP-Based MCSD Title

As Microsoft Learning slates two exams for the MCSD: UWP for retirement next year, two more skills-focused exams will take their places.

Desktop App Converter Gets Windows Apps Running on UWP

Developers can use the Desktop App Converter to convert Win32- and .NET 4.6.1-based apps to run on the Universal Wndows Platform and related extensions and toolings.

.NET Core, ASP.NET Core RC2 Available This Week

New updates mainly fall into the performance and reliability categories, but the .NET engineering teams also inlcude an update to the .NET Core SDK, dubbed 'Preview 1.'

Visual Studio '15' Takes Shape with Preview 2

Another preview of the next VS IDE adds debug improvements, including Edit and Continue capability while building XAML apps, as well as latest TACO Update 9.

JNBridge Adds Lab for Creating Java Web Apps on .NET

Tutorial kit showcases using Play Web app framework to build Java-based apps that interoperate with .NET.

Lots of Features Rolling Out with Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 99

Something as simple as a checkbox has users expressing their excitement with this update, but there are quite a few features that will be rolling out with the latest update that also shouldn't be ignored.

NativeScript 2.0 Supports Visual Studio Code, TypeScript

Major update to cross-platform framework for building native apps includes support for Visual Studio Code and TypeScript, as wel as AngularJS, Maven, and CocoaPods.

Future Release Plans for .NET Core 1.0

In its mission to maintain openness with the developer community, Microsoft shows the road ahead for the eventual release of .NET Core 1.0 with Visual Studio 15.

MSDN and TechNet Upgrade to the Cloud

The support and community development portals for Microsoft developers and IT specialists is getting a cloud upgrade, starting with a preview of services around Microsoft's enterprise mobility technologies. Bonus: It's being open sourced.

Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova Update 9 Now Available

Programmatic efficiency is a highlight of this release, with a command-line option for extensions and clearer information for starting new projects.

SQL Server 2016 To Be Released June 1

Microsoft's venerable RDBMS gets a major update, with a developer-enabled version that unclutters the enterprise database solution development process.

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 Entity 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.

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