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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.

Visual Studio Team Services Sprints to #104

Updates to pull requests, continuous integration features, and build definitions, and work items are highlights of the latest sprint released at the beginning of this month.

Fit, Finish Features Are Highlights in Visual Studio 15 Preview 4

Many of the new features previewed in the IDE -- setup engine, revamped the Start Page, quick launch from clone, etc. -- have been enhanced and improved. Dozens of language-specific improvements are also embedded in this fourth preview.

SharePoint Framework To Hook In Developers

Web Parts support is a highlight of this for-testing-only developer preview, and Visual Studio tooling and "modern page editing experiences" are also in the works.

PowerShell on Linux? It's About Time

Microsoft is open sourcing its popular scripting language and porting it to the Linux and Mac OSX platforms. PowerShell capabilities will also reach into the cloud via extensions for Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

Visual Studio 2015 Approaching Single Sign-On Nirvana

It's not quite there yet, but Visual Studio 2015 has improved the authentication process so that developers aren't forced to sign into it more than twice a day.

DevOps is In The Details, Says Microsoft's Brown

How can developers gain the trust of the operations side? As Microsoft's Donovan Brown explains in a Visual Studio Live! keynote, automation is key in gaining that trust. He then live-demoed a DevOps pipeline within an Azure environment to prove his point.

Running Custom Code in SharePoint? Not For Long...

As the end approaches for code-based sandbox support in SharePoint sites, Microsoft and third parties point to a few resources for inventorying sites that use it.

Progress Report: The Open Microsoft Developer Platform

At Visual Studio Live! on Tuesday, Microsoft's Amanda Silver offered up a state of the Microsoft development stack, noting the gains made by open sourcing its tools.

What's In Xamarin for Visual Studio Developers?

Developer evangelist James Montemagno explains the benefits that developers will derive in the coming months as a result of the company's acquisition by Microsoft earlier in the year (one hint: open source). He also doesn't hide his affinity for a certain mobile platform.

Team Foundation Server 15 RC1 Trots Out New UI

A release candidate for TFS '15' comes with UI changes on the Web side and a slew of improvements to Agile planning capabilities, Git, Build, and Release Management, to name a few (as well gobs of bug fixes).

.NET Framework 4.6.2 Ready for Prime Time

The .NET team has released a production-ready incremental update to .NET Framework that sports a number of improvements to the innerworkings of the Base Class Library, Common Language Runtime, and ClickOnce technology.

Xamarin Supports .NET Standard Libraries

Support for .NET Standard Libraries means Xamarin apps can share code among other .NET platforms, including .NET Core and ASP.NET Core.

Docker for Windows, Mac Now Available

The container technology company has made its tools that allow for streamlining the process of spinning up and managing Docker containers on Windows and Mac environments generally available.

UWP for Visual Studio 2015 U3 Released for Windows 10 AU

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update, there's now a version of the Universal Windows Platform app development tools for Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 that specifically targets it.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 2015 1.2 Improves on Productivity

Latest update includes support for more recent Node.js release, as well as quite a few productivity enhancements and bug fixes.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Services Update: Archiving, Jenkins Support

Sprint 102 adds two new build tasks, one for archiving files on various platforms, and another for queuing up Jenkins jobs.

Visual F# Update To Include .NET Core Project Editing, Compiling

A preview of the forthcoming Visual F# Tools for F# 4.1 to be released later this year includes support for F# 4.1, editing and compiling .NET Core and .NET Framework projects, as well as support for tuples, struct records, and a number of other F# language enhancements.

Syncfusion's .NET Tools Updated with Xamarin, JavaScript Support

Highlights of Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition 2016 Volume 2 are a number of Agile-related components on the Xamarin end, and support for Aurelia and Angular 2 on the JavaScript end. There's also a slew of UWP additions as well.

Developer Assistant Adds 21 Millions Samples of C++ to the Mix

Microsoft's Bing-powered code searching tool now adds contextually aware coding help for those writing C++ code.

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