Release Candidates for Visual Studio 2015 Tools Now Available

Just in time for Build, the Visual Studio Team has delivered the first set of release candidates for a number of tools in the Visual Studio 2015 family, and these ones come with a bounty of new features.

One for All: Build Offers Glimpse of New Windows Apps

Microsoft aims to give developers the means to code one app that's capable of running on Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and the new Windows Holographic Platform.

Microsoft Build: Windows 10, Cross-Platform Development, Universal Apps Are Front, Center

The company packed quite a bit into a three-hour keynote that spanned the spectrum of Microsoft technologies and hardware. For developers, the emphasis was on cross-platform app building, with new tools built right into the next Visual Studio 2015.

Visual Studio Online Sprints 80, 81 Now Available

Project renaming, a top user feature, now available, as is account restoration and several incremental configuration updates to Kanban boards and Taskboards.

Windows 10 and Universal Apps: You've Seen This Before

In all likelihood, Microsoft will highlight Universal App building. Here's what we know now. Specifics, of course, will be well known by the end of the week.

Ahead of Build, Windows 10 Preview Gets an Update

A Windows 10 preview targeting "fast-ring" testers is released ahead of Microsoft's conference season.

Azure Service Fabric Unveiled

Cloud service for orchestrating microservices from within Visual Studio will have a preview at next week's Microsoft Build conference.

Microsoft Open Technologies Shuts Down

As the group gets absorbed back into Microsoft, the company will start up a new open source advocacy group, Microsoft Open Technology Programs Office.

Install Problems Reported in SQL Server 2014 SP1

Microsoft pulled its SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 after numerous reports of installation errors.

Microsoft, Zend To Release App Monitor for Developers Working with Azure App Service

Z-Ray to provide productivity enhancements for PHP developers working within Microsoft's managed cloud service.

Round 2 for Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.0

Another preview of the Unity gaming debugging plugin will have support for the Unity 5 gaming platform update, as well as an Options panel for enabling/disabling new features as needed.

Azure DocumentDB Goes Live

Microsoft announced general availability of its NoSQL service for developers and IT pros.

Ajax Control Toolkit Streamlines, Drops .NET 3.5 Support

DevXpress releases Version 15.1 with numerous bug fixes, but there's also a streamlining of features and weeding out of experimental features and functions.

PSBuild: Like MSBuild on Steroids

PSBuild acts as a PowerShell wrapper for the Microsoft Build Engine.

The Open Source Journey of the .NET Compiler Platform, a Year Later

Kasey Uhlenhuth of the Managed Languages Team opens up about lessons learned in Microsoft's efforts to develop the upcoming "Roslyn" compiler with help from the open source community.

Windows Driver Framework Now on Github

Availability, transparency of code is aimed at giving Visual Studio developers a leg up on debugging device drivers.

Application Insights Update Allows for Sharing Customized Monitors

Still in pre-release, updates are coming out fast for Application Insights SDK for Web Apps, including new ways to share customized charts.

Visual Studio 2015 Pricing To Be Simplified

Current Ultimate subscribers will notice a significant price reduction. Also: a Visual Studio 2015 timeline quick reference.

WinJS 4.0 Now a Preview

Newest version of Windows Library for JavaScript improves on cross-browser-enabled features and aims for improved compatibility with Windows 10 look and feel.

Inside the Azure API Tools for Visual Studio 2013

Azure API Tools for Visual Studio 2013 gives developers a quick path to connecting to third-party REST APIs.

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