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Windows App SDK Preview 3 Supports Non-MSIX WinUI 3 App Deployment

The third preview of the Windows App SDK (formerly "Project Reunion") supports deploying WinUI 3 apps without MSIX-packaging.

GitHub Updates Copilot 'AI Pair Programmer' and Codespaces (Online VS Code)

Microsoft-owned GitHub announced several updates to its sprawling development and code repository platform, including two fairly new offerings: GitHub Copilot, described as an "AI pair programmer," and GitHub Codespaces, which provides an instant, customized, online version of VS Code that runs in the browser and is tied into the platform.

OpenSilver v1.0 Arrives as Microsoft Ends Silverlight Support

Userware, on a years-long mission to provide an open source alternative to Microsoft Silverlight, shipped OpenSilver 1.0 just as Microsoft ended support for the popular web-dev tool.

PowerShell Crescendo Updated Prior to Release Candidate

Microsoft developers have updated PowerShell Crescendo -- used to create native commands -- in advance of the next stage, a Release Candidate.

Red Hat Java Tool for VS Code Released in Version 1.0

Five years in the making, a Visual Studio Code extension providing Java language support from Red Hat has shipped in version 1.0.

Developer Feedback Makes Microsoft Reverse .NET 6 Hot Reload Decision

Microsoft apologized for an admitted mistake and reversed an earlier decision to limit Hot Reload functionality in the upcoming .NET 6, which is due to debut in a few weeks.

Microsoft Takes VS Code to the Browser (but No Debugger or Terminal)

"Now when you go to https://vscode.dev, you'll be presented with a lightweight version of VS Code running fully in the browser. Open a folder on your local machine and start coding. No install required."

Microsoft Says '.NET 5/6 Will Not Be Coming to UWP Project Types,' Developers Sound Off

UWP deprecation angst is back in vogue.

Lagging .NET MAUI Preview 9 Updates Controls and Supports Borders, Corners and Shadows

.NET MAUI, the .NET 6 evolution of Xamarin.Forms that's running late, now has updated controls and new support for borders, corners and shadows across most controls and layouts in the latest preview.

As .NET 6 Nears GA, Blazor WebAssembly Can Now Use Native Dependencies

Less than a month before .NET 6 ships, Microsoft announced Blazor WebAssembly apps can now use native dependencies, allowing developers to tap into native C code, for example, upon jumping through a few hoops.

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With .NET 6 RC 2 Release, Developers Push Back on C# Changes

With only one month to go before GA status, some developers are pushing back on new features and functionality in comments to the announcement post, piling on earlier negative feedback provided to the dev team.

Visual Studio 2022 Release Candidate Ships, Set for Nov. 8 General Availability

Microsoft shipped a Release Candidate and a Preview 5 of Visual Studio 2022 while also setting a Nov. 8 release date for the game-changing 64-bit edition of its flagship IDE.

VS Code 'Workbench' Editing Improvements Highlight September 2021 Update

Improvements in the Visual Studio Code "Workbench" lead a host of improvements in the September 2021 update, bringing the super-popular, open source-based code editor to version 1.61.

VS Code Python Tool Now Debugs Jupyter Notebooks

The October 2021 update to Python in Visual Studio Code continues to boost notebook functionality, now adding the ability to debug Jupyter Notebooks.

Windows App SDK ('Project Reunion') Polished Ahead of v1.0 GA Debut

It was designed to alleviate the complexity of Windows app development that was caused by the emergence of two disparate sets of APIs: for the older Win32 platform and the newer Universal Windows Platform (UWP).

ML.NET Model Builder Update Adds Notebooks in Visual Studio

Interactive notebooks, so vital to AI, data science and machine learning development projects, are coming to Microsoft's flagship Visual Studio IDE via a an experimental extension.

Azure Functions 4.0 Preview Out with Support for .NET 6

"With the in-process programming model and Azure Functions 4.0, you can write .NET 6 function apps that take advantage of advanced features such as Durable Functions."

First Look at Visual Studio 2022 for Mac

Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 1, the first look at the revolutionary 64-bit IDE running on macOS.

Visual Studio Team Seeks Help with Help (Menu, That Is)

How many help menu items are too much?

Gitpod Unveils Open Source Browser-Based VS Code 'Free from Microsoft's Control'

"Microsoft/VS Code did not open source their server implementation. As a result, developers cannot run the most upstream VS Code in a browser and server context, as the source code that is driving Github Codespaces is not open source."

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