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Update: Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova Update 5 Works with Visual Studio Code

Some incremental changes, such as environment switching and improved iOS support, come to TACO, and the group adds a TACO blog for regular tips and tricks. Update now allows for using TACO with Visual Studio Code.

Coming Soon: Node.js Support in ChakraCore

The goal is to eventually get developers to start working more diligently on apps aimed at the Windows 10 IoT Core platform by way of Node.js. That's where Node.js Tools for Windows IoT 1.5 comes in.

Beta: Apache Cordova Plugin for Azure Mobile App Data Access

Use Node.js or .NET to write data-accessible apps that target Azure Mobile App on the back end with this new plugin.

ASP.NET's New Versioning Gets To the Core of the Matter

ASP.NET 5.0 is no more, at least by name -- it's now ASP.NET Core 1.0. Newer versions of .NET Core 5 and Entity Framework 7 will also follow suit.

ChakraCore Gets Microsoft's Open Source Treatment

Now that the JavaScript engine is open to the development community at large, it paves the way to making it available on Linux and other non-Windows platforms.

Project Rider: A C# IDE Alternative

JetBrains announced that it's developing a C# integrated development environment that works independently of the Visual Studio environment.

Visual Studio Code Update Now Uses ECMAscript 6

Also noteworthy: weird keyboard layout problem encountered by developers on OSX -- fixed.

Visual Studio: Team Explorer Everywhere Updated To Support Eclipse Mars

Incremental update version 14.0.2 of the Eclipse plugin supports Mars, mixed repository use in projects.

ASP.NET WebHooks Preview 2016 Update

It's a small step, but a duet of sender-side features are enabled in this preview that allow a more nuanced way of pushing out event-driven WebHooks to users.

End of Extended Support for Some .NET Framework, SQL Server Versions

Security risks will be a major concern for companies using some versions of .NET Framework and SQL Server after extended support ends some time this year.

Visual Studio Online Sprint 92: Customizing Work Item Fields

It's no small feat to be able to customize work items, right from the Web. The functionality is due to process inheritance, which is a function of Team Process Templates.

Microsoft Updates Band SDK

New features in SDK allow more expanded health-tracking capabilities for Visual Studio developers who want to develop apps for second-generation Band.

.NET Framework 4.6.1 Improves on WPF, SQL Connectivity

.NET Framework 4.6.1 released. Meanwhile, variations of .NET Framework 4.x older than 4.5.2 are approaching end of support.

Office Developer Tools for VS 2015 Adds New Project Type

Outlook Add-in with Commands project type is a preview, as is new SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 templates for farm and sandboxed solutions.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.1 Has More (Intelli)Sense

New version is a point release, with bug fixes and more polished performance, but it also incorporates a cleaner looking mode fo IntelliSense.

Clang with Microsoft CodeGen: A VS 2015 Update 1 Gem

It's just one facet of the recent Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 release, but it's one that Visual C++ developers are excited to deploy. The update also includes numerous fixes to the standard library.

Microsoft Open Sources Chakra JavaScript Engine Components

The company is looking for the developer community's help in rewriting the newly dubbed ChakraCore to work on Linux, OS X, and other platforms.

Visual Studio Code 0.10.3 Fixes Performance Snag

Users reported a number of startup and performance issues since the beta release of Visual Studio Code in mid-November.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1, TFS 2015 Update 1 RTM

Final releases of VS 2015 Update 1, TFS Update 1 follow quickly after release candidates that were announced during Microsoft's Connect() event in November.

Cortana, Power BI Integration Now In Preview

Developers can start testing a new feature that will allow users to ask Cortana to vocalize queries of data residing in Power BI-connected data sources.

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