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Xamarin Showcases Stable Release of Its Cross-Platform Dev Tools

The cross-platform solutions provider that was acquired by Microsoft earlier this year released updates to its tools at the dotNetConf last week.

As Devs Code .NET Core, Microsoft Offers Bug Bounty

As developers churn through coding the next versions of .NET Core and other key Microsoft technologies, the company offers new bounties on bugs. Program runs to September.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 RC Now Available

Updates to TACO, AppInsight and HockeyApp are features of this release along with stability, performance, and bug fixes.

Sprint 100: A Milestone Visual Studio Team Services

Last week, Microsoft's Visual Studio team released the 100th sprint for VSTS. It includes Docker release management and a Dashboard SDK for VSTS dashboard customization.

Now In The AWS Marketplace: WinDocks

WinDocks is now available for .NET developers looking for a smoother solution for spinning up Windows Server 2012-based Docker containers in the AWS cloud.

Entity Developer 6.0 Now Supports EF Core 1.0, Telerik's Data Access

New version allows for visual design and code generation of apps using Microsoft's newest Entity Framework Core 1.0, as well as popular data access framework from Telerik.

Azure DevTest Labs Now at GA

Developer targeting cloud deployments can now use Azure DevTest Labs for development and testing and control costs at the same time.

MSTest Framework Support in .NET/ASP.NET 1.0 Core RC 2

To smoothen the testing process for .NET Core 1.0 and ASP.NET Core 1.0 deployments, the Visual Studio team has released a preview of its MSTest Framework that supports the RC versions.

Windows Devs Now Have Direct Pipeline to Docker Tools

Docker is open sourcing developer tools used to facilitate standing up containers targeted for Windows and Mac platforms.

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.

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