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Developer Tools for Office 2016

A number of developer tools have been in the works and released in recent weeks leading up to the release of Office 2016 today.

Visual Studio Code Preview 0.8.0 Improves on Debugging

Preview version 0.8.0 adds TypeScript 1.6 support, improved debugging features, themes, and takes care of Windows setup bugaboos that have plagued some VSC users.

Unity 5.2 Uses Visual Studio 2015 as Default IDE

The game development platform has native integration with Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition, which allows option to install it as the default IDE.

React and TypeScript Get Cozy

TypeScript 1.6 update adds support for React and JSX, which allows developers to use JSX syntax and TypeScript code interchangeably.

Azure Mobile Apps Gains Node.js Support

Microsoft makes significant progress with its Azure App Service by extending Node.js support by releasing a Node SDK for Azure Mobile Apps.

MSBuild Makes Cross-Platform Progress

Since March, Microsoft has had designs on taking the Microsoft Build Engine open source and cross-platform as it ports it to .NET Core in the coming months. Progress is in full swing now.

Azure SDK 2.7.1 for .NET Extends Capabilities to Visual Studio 2013

Point release now allows Visual Studio 2013 developers to gain access to Azure management tools, such as Cloud Explorer, HDInsight, and others.

Sprint Planning Tweaks Added to Visual Studio Online Sprint 87

Along with Sprint 87 release, a user name anomaly in Visual Studio Code that affects developers on Windows machine is also fixed.

Visual Studio 2012 Update 5 Released

Team Project Rename, a new feature introduced in VS 2015, now a capability for VS 2012 projects.

JNBridge Pro Extends Interop to Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015

New 'Proxy By Name' feature allows Visual Studio developers to view metadata of the underlying binaries.

August Update: Visual Studio Code 0.7.0 Adds Language Enhancements

Visual Studio Code adds language improvements when working with JavaScript, JSON, PHP, Dockerfile, as well as C#.

B4J Keeps Classic Visual Basic Alive

According to Anywhere Software, B4J aims to be the modern alternative to Visual Basic 6.

What Makes Universal App Platform So Attractive to Devs?

Microsoft's Thomas Fennel demonstrated several "bridge" innovations in the Universal App platform that should appeal to traditional developers.

Taking Visual Studio 2015 for a Test Drive

A quartet of Visual Studio team members demonstrated a number of the "mobile first, cloud first" innovations in the newly released development platform at Visual Studio Live! in Redmond.

Windows Bridge for iOS Preview Is Open Sourced

Project Islandwood is currently available in preview form to the open source development community under the MIT license.

Improved Networking APIs for Universal Windows Apps

Nestled inside the Universal Windows Application Development Tools for Visual Studio 2015 that was released last week are a few improvements that will make network and cloud connectivity much smoother.

Something New: ID Management, Productivity Tools in VS 2015

Some of the hidden gems in the just-released VS 2015 include improved account management as developers go from one environment to another, and the addition of some nifty features in the Productivity Power Tools for VS 2015.

Licensing, Pricing Tweaks with Visual Studio Online Favor Enterprises

Simple licensing change that allows single user to use VSO and TFS will go into effect September 1. And VSO Basic pricing is simplified as well.

As Windows 10 Goes Live, So Do Developer Resources

Microsoft's developer division has been gearing up for this day, as it now officially opens up the Windows 10 Store and announces a handful of Windows 10 resources that developers can deploy in live production environments.

Entity Framework 7 Beta 6 Out in Preview

EF7 Beta 6 adds data annotations, customization of reverse engineer via templates, and support for raw SQL commands.

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