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Microsoft's Solution Will Allow Developers To Extend Datacenter Switches

SONiC is the company's open source framework that will allow application developers to extend network switches to work across disparate hardware platforms.

Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova Version 6 Update 7 Released

A few new features -- error reporting, new project default, and a number of ionic project starter templates, to name a few -- as well as bug fixes, round out this update.

Time's Almost Up for Visual Studio 2005

Official Microsoft support for the decade-old development platform ends mid-April. So, who is still using it to develop enterprise-grade apps?

New R Language Plugin for Visual Studio 2015

Microsoft R and R Server features are accessible almost directly through the Visual Studio IDE, with the new R Tools for Visual Studio plugin.

Microsoft Exam Booster Packs: A Different Take on Second Shot

Remember Microsoft's MCP Exam Retake Offer? This is a bit different. Instead of a second shot, take several shots at a certification exam. And many developer exams are part of the offer.

Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 96 is Jam Packed with Features

The latest Web preview of the VSTS rounds up a number of new features -- Agile planning, testing, Git, release management, Office 365 integration, more -- that the Visual Studio Team will be refining over the next few months.

Microsoft Joins Eclipse Foundation

Announced at EclipseCon: More tools and support for open source Eclipse platform coming in Microsoft's Azure and Visual Studio tools.

SQL Server To Run on Linux

Microsoft's Scott Guthrie said that the company's RDBMS could be running on the Linux platform some time in 2017. He plans to preview a new SQL Server Stretch Database service at a New York event this week.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 Release Candidate Now Available

Reliability and performance improvements rule on this release candidate, and there are a bevy of new features being tested out with Team Foundation Server 2015 U2 RC as well.

HoloLens Developer Kit Ships at End of March

Just in time for Build in San Francisco, Microsoft will make available a kit for developing for yet another extension of the Windows platform that will have you going all Johnny Mnemonic on your Visual Studio apps. You'll need to be a Windows Insider, though, before you can get your hand -- and face -- on one.

Xamarin's Impact on the Death of Project Astoria

Predictably, Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Windows Bridge for Android, now that the company is absorbing Xamarin. Xamarin's cross-platform development capabilities can already be used to port Windows apps to the Android marketplace.

BREAKING: Microsoft To Acquire Xamarin

Pending regulatory approval, Redmond announced its plans to acquire the mobile cross-platform tools developer. Terms were undisclosed.

Insiders Program for Visual Studio Code Evolves

The retirement of the Insider Program means -- voila! -- the Insiders Build for Visual Studio Code developers.

Visual C++ Technical Preview Available via NuGet Package

Microsoft's Visual Studio Team is trying out a new process for delivering preview code via NuGet that will make the process of testing then unloading software in development a bit easier.

ReThinkDB Preview Available to Windows Users

The company has been putting a year's worth of work porting its open source Web database management system to the Windows platform.

The Fix Is In: Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 CTP Available

These are the fixes you were looking for: more than 300 bugs squashed in C++, as well as a number of editing fixes for those working with C# and Visual Basic projects.

Visual Studio Tools for Unity Updated

Version 2.2 fixes a few integration issues that have been bewitching Unity game developers.

Visual Studio Team Services Stops Twice

When your goal is 99.999-percent uptime, there's a small crack in the window for downtime. That happened with Visual Studio Team Services last week. And it happened within a span of two days.

New Benefits Added to Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program

Visual Studio developers who are part of the Essentials Program now have access to more than $300-worth of Azure credits over a year, as well as the addition of mobile development courses from Xamarin University.

Syncfusion Big Data Platform Now Available

The Windows-based Big Data tools and frameworks suite adds support for Apache Spark, Apache HBase and Scientific Python.

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