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Python, Fully Embraced by Visual Studio, Is on the Rise

For the first time, Python has cracked the top three in the TIOBE index of programming language popularity, helping to demonstrate why Microsoft has fully embraced the language in its Visual Studio IDE and Visual Studio Code editor.

Babel 7 JavaScript Compiler Adds TypeScript Support

The popular open source Babel compiler that makes modern JavaScript compatible with older environments has shipped in version 7 and, with help from Microsoft, now supports TypeScript.

Microsoft Embraces Go Programming Language for Azure Cloud Development

Coinciding with the start of the GopherCon show for developers using the Go programming language created by Google, Microsoft today published an extensive series of videos to help Azure cloud developers use Go.

Microsoft R Open Update Adds Multi-Processor Performance

Microsoft this month updated its R Open programming language with multi-processor support highlighting new functionality.

New Catch2 Offering for C++ Adds to VS Code Test Explorers

A brand-new C++ offering for Catch2 highlights the growing body of test explorers for the cross-platform, open source Visual Studio Code editor available in its marketplace.

ASP.NET Core: New Preview Out as Survey Says It's Going Mainstream

Things are happening fast for ASP.NET Core, as Microsoft just released a new Version 2.2.0 preview while a recent developer survey indicates the Web dev framework is quickly becoming a mainstream option.

.NET Core 2.1 Powers 34 Percent Bing Performance Boost

The modernization of the .NET ecosystem is paying off for Microsoft's Bing.com engineering team, which reports a 34 percent performance boost for the search engine following a shift from .NET Framework to .NET Core 2.1

F# 4.5 Arrives with Span Support, Aligning with .NET Core 2.1

Microsoft shipped an update to its functional programming language, incorporating Span support in the new F# 4.5.

Tool Checks Desktop App Readiness for .NET Core 3.0

Microsoft released a tool to help developers check if their Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Framework applications are ready for the new platform, which it said promises a "drastically better deployment solution."

What's New in Visual Studio Code 1.26 (July Update)

The July 2018 release of Visual Studio Code features new functionality for navigation, applying Quick Fixes to address problems, working with extensions and more.

Windows Community Toolkit 4.0 Update Ships

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.

Microsoft Updates ML.NET Machine Learning Framework

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.

VS Code Tool Targets Alexa Skills Development

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.

Open Source Community Powers New F# 4.5 Preview

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.

VS Code Gets AI-Assisted IntelliCode for Python

Python developers using Visual Studio Code are getting an AI-assisted boost from the editor's IntelliCode extension, just released in a preview.

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