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Visual Studio '15' Is What's vNext

Microsoft offered a preview of Visual Studio '15' at Build last week. And whileit's just not quite ready for prime time, it's got an impressive number of changes with practically every tool in it that demand developer attention.

Kusto Gobbles Up Application Insights Data

A new tool that ingests every piece of Application Insights and turns it into reportable information is now getting its public preview. It's also got a name.

SQL Server 2014 Free for Visual Studio Dev Essentials Members

It's limited what VSDE member can do with it. Also: SQL Server 2016, when released later this year, will also be free.

Build 2016: Office 365 Integration Goes Deeper Than Just Office

Microsoft's Qi Lu and his team showed off a few new developer features that will make Office 365 integration a much easier prospect, including Skype SDKs that open up communication capabilities.

Build 2016, Day 2: Microsoft's Guthrie Maps Lofty Goals for Azure Build Out

The second day of Build highlighted the "cloud-first" part of Microsoft's mission. Plus: Xamarin is set free and is open sourced.

From Build 2016: Windows 10 Update for Summer, HoloLens Now

Microsoft's Satya Nadella expands the company's vision with the concept of "conversations as a platform." That's where Skype, HoloLens, and Cortana now need developers to usher those tools deeper into the conversation,, which means tools aplenty now and to come.

From Build 2016: Windows 10 Anniversary Update Will Have Bash

Microsoft adds native support for the Linux-based Bash command-line shell in Windows update coming this summer.

New Mac and Windows Development Tools for Working with Docker Containers

Docker last week announced a beta release of Mac and Windows developer tools for working with its Docker container technology.

TFS Extension for Visual Studio Code Now Available

Visual Studio Team Foundation Services Exension for VSC allows management of pull requests, work items directly from Git repos.

Isolator++ 3 Simplifies C/C++ Code Unit Testing

Newest version of Typemock's unit testing framework uses a patented isolation technology to simplify unit testing of C/C++ code.

Robotics Development Platform RTX64 Now Has Visual Studio 2015 Support

Kingstar's RTX64 2014 software extensions now support development via Visual Studio 2015 through a recent update.

R Tools for Visual Studio Updated

A newer version of the R programming language extension is available, with a few more new features as well as updated documentation and help.

Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools Open Sourced

A number of tools are slowly being open sourced onto the Github repository, with all of them being available over time.

Real-World Experiment with .NET Core Debugging via Visual Studio Code

Microsoft calls the recent release of this VS Code debugging capability an "experimental preview," which means it's truly a work in progress.

ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit 16.1 Now Available

Microsoft and DevExpress have released a new version that delivers some improvements as well as a few user-requested updates to a number of the controls in the suite.

Microsoft Press Developer Book Sale Until End of March

Save 35 percent on developer titles when purchasing books or downloading e-books directly from the Microsoft Press Store. Sale ends March 31.

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.

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