Microsoft has shipped Windows Community Toolkit 4.0, after earlier this year renaming the collection of development tools to reflect its broader reach beyond Universal Windows Platform apps to frameworks such as WPF, WinForms, Xamarin and .NET Core.
A new Visual Studio Code extension from the Amazon Alexa dev team targets the development and deployment of skills, or capabilities the voice-activated virtual assistant can perform in response to verbal commands.
Microsoft has updated ML.NET, its cross-platform, open source machine learning framework for .NET developers, as it asks for input on a major API revamp.
Microsoft issued fixes to address problems with .NET Framework applications that were caused by July Windows patches.
Microsoft's Xamarin team announced the availability of Xamarin.Android 9.0 (P) Preview, letting Visual Studio developers target the next big update to Google's Android mobile OS.
This week Microsoft released updates to .NET Framework versions to fix problems caused by its botched July 10 patches, but some key Windows systems remain unpatched.
Perhaps nothing better exemplifies the "new" Microsoft than the process of developing the F# functional programming language it created 13 years ago, a process heavily dependent upon the open source community.
It includes new project reference functionality, support for operating on parameter lists, new types to enforce explicit checks, improved JSX support, a better error UX and much more.
Python developers using Visual Studio Code are getting an AI-assisted boost from the editor's IntelliCode extension, just released in a preview.
As expected following its recent purchase of GitHub, Microsoft's flagship Visual Studio IDE is seeing stronger integrations with the development platform and open source code repository.
Microsoft boosted the text editing capabilities of its Azure Cloud Shell command-line interface (CLI) tool with the addition of graphical Visual Studio Code editor technology.
Improving documentation is often cited as a good onramp to open source, and Microsoft is inviting developers to get on board with Visual Studio and VS Code.
Microsoft is converting the baked-in Python IntelliSense support in Visual Studio into a standalone product and previewing it in the new update to the VS Code Python extension.
Visual Studio's AI-assisted IntelliCode is getting smarter: It now infers coding conventions by scanning existing code, and lets you know when new code violates those conventions.
Microsoft added new Web app tutorials -- covering Django and Flask -- to its Python documentation for Visual Studio and its open source little cousin, the cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor.
Quantum computing is just too far out there for many developers, like something right out of Star Trek. But it's real and it's already happening, so you'd better get ready.
In less than a year, Microsoft will end support for SQL Server 2008, meaning no more updates and no more support of any kind, but perhaps more problems on the security and compliance fronts for organizations that don't migrate to newer options.
Promising a three-step, five-minute process to running code on any Azure cloud service with built-in CI/CD, Azure DevOps Projects has graduated from its public preview into general availability.
A recent Microsoft security update addresses a .NET Core security feature bypass vulnerability, while Visual Studio and ASP.NET also received updates.