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Get Used To Calling It 'Visual Studio 2017'

The new name for what we've been calling Visual Studio '15' is actually the smaller of several big news items to come out of today's Microsoft Connect(); event oline. Among the bigger reveals is the preview of a Mac-native version of Visual Studio.

SQL Server SP1 Gets Connected

One highlight of this roll-up release is the addition of row-level security and dynamic data masking, which were only available in the Enterprise version, are now in Standard, Express, and other versions.

TypeScript 2.1 Is Now Smarter Than Ever

It's like a better version of TypeScript 2.0, only this incremental update adds "smarter" inference and a bevy of other improvements.

VS Team Services Sprint 108 Is More Like a Jog

Visual Studio Team Services is at Sprint 108 this week, and it might seem like a lightweight with mainly fixes, but it does pack quite a few new features -- integrating Team-based collaboration features, build and replace enhancements, Docker support -- to be worthy of attention.

MCSD and MCSE Titles Revamped

Changes take effect immediately, and MCP transcripts are being evaluated now. Also, new rule: New MCSE and MCSD titles will no longer expire (but there's a catch).

JavaScript IntelliSense Disabled in Visual Studio Code 1.7.1

Just as the Visual Studio team started rolling out the October 2016 Build version 1.7 this week, the team did an about-face with an incremental "recovery build" update that disables JavaScript IntelliSense for the time being. Still, there's lots of new and enhanced productivity and debugging features to check out in this version.

Microsoft Teams Is New and Part of Visual Studio Team Services

Microsoft Teams is a new chat-based service that's part of Office 365, used for real-time conversation and collaboration among various team members connected to projects. It's also being incorporated into Visual Studio Team Services.

ASP.NET Core, .NET Core, EF Core 1.1 Updates In Preview

The first preview of the next incremental update to ASP.NET Core comes with a slew of new middleware components for speeding up app performance, while updates to .NET Core and Entity Framework Core come with mainly support additions.

Integrating HockeyApp with UWP on Windows 10

HockeyApp SDK for Universal Windows Platform apps is out now, supporting all HockeyApp features from within UWP apps on Windows 10, including full symbolication for .NET Native store apps.

Visual Studio LightSwitch Gets Turned Off

As Microsoft ends further development of LightSwitch, the "development" tool aimed at line-of-business types, it introduces an alternative: PowerApps.

UWP Community Toolkit 1.1 Enhancements

One month after release, there's already a slew of fixes and enhancements that are responses to user feedback to the toolkit. Also, it's now a .NET Foundation project.

TypeScript 2.0 Final Version Not To Be Missed

The final point release of Microsoft's JavaScript-like language comes with tagged unions, glob support and new types with which to play around.

With Visual Studio 15 Preview 5, Performance Is Key

Performance comes in the form of shorter load times and more efficient memory usage across the tooling. and productivity are highlights of this latest preview.

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.

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