App Center Blog

The latest news, updates and information for mobile developers using Visual Studio App Center

Announcing Visual Studio App Center Integration with PlayFab: Better Tools For Better Player Engagement

In January of 2019 Microsoft announced the acquisition of PlayFab, a complete backend of services for building and growing cloud connected games. Seeing that Visual Studio App Center and PlayFab shared common goals, and complimentary services, we started looking for ways we could offer a shared experience to bring greater value and new capabilities to our customers.

Growing the Visual Studio App Center Service Portfolio

There’s a lot you can do in your apps using App Center, but we also know our customers use other services in their apps as well. Successful apps typically identify users using a third-party identity service or the less popular username and password approach. These apps usually manage some sort of application data, whether it’s the user’s data shared across multiple devices or data shared across multiple users, groups, or even whole companies or divisions. Data in this context means structured or unstructured data as well as binary data such as files.

Introducing Diagnostics Search and User ID support

When releasing a new version of your app, you might get user complaints about crashes they’re experiencing in the new version. As a developer, you want to find the root cause as soon as possible to minimize the number of users affected. However, if you have millions of users, this could result in millions of crashes. Finding crashes would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Our team has worked hard to bring a more delightful experience of Visual Studio App Center Diagnostics to you. To help you diagnose the issues from your users, we have released both the ability to search crash reports and User ID reporting.

Now, you can find the crash groups/reports you need precisely and quickly with the Search feature and User ID when you need them!

Going Public (With Our Plans)

Starting now, we’re opening the doors and letting all of you in, you now have a front row seat to our product planning process.
Following the Visual Studio Code model, we published all our current product plans in the App Center GitHub repository.

A New Year Ahead – the HockeyApp Cutover Experience

Starting today, you can get started with your transition from HockeyApp to App Center through the side-by-side experience. We’ll also update you with full documentation and details on completing your migration to App Center in March 2019 to enable all of our users to complete moving over all apps by November 16, 2019.

The Easy-to-Use and Modular App Center SDK

App Center supports a client SDK that is important to onboard to our services like Analytics, Diagnostics, and Push notifications. These SDKs are open source on GitHub, designed with a modular architecture, and easy-to-use APIs to make sure developers have an easy on-boarding experience. App Center supports a wide variety of SDK platforms - iOS, Android, macOS, DotNet, React Native, and Unity. This blog post covers most of the SDK features shipped by the App Center team this year.

Visual Studio App Center’s GitHub App: The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer

Configuring CI from GitHub is just the beginning when it comes to App Center. Take your app lifecycle to the next level with automated UI testing on real devices and automated distribution to your beta testers, public groups, or directly to the store. App Center’s SDK puts important information such as crashes and usage at your fingertips. Continuously improve your app based off of real data to provide the best experience to your users.

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Announcing Visual Studio App Center Integration with PlayFab: Better Tools For Better Player Engagement

In January of 2019 Microsoft announced the acquisition of PlayFab, a complete backend of services for building and growing cloud connected games. Seeing that Visual Studio App Center and PlayFab shared common goals, and complimentary services, we started looking for ways we could offer a shared experience to bring greater value and new capabilities to our customers.

Growing the Visual Studio App Center Service Portfolio

There’s a lot you can do in your apps using App Center, but we also know our customers use other services in their apps as well. Successful apps typically identify users using a third-party identity service or the less popular username and password approach. These apps usually manage some sort of application data, whether it’s the user’s data shared across multiple devices or data shared across multiple users, groups, or even whole companies or divisions. Data in this context means structured or unstructured data as well as binary data such as files.

Introducing Diagnostics Search and User ID support

When releasing a new version of your app, you might get user complaints about crashes they’re experiencing in the new version. As a developer, you want to find the root cause as soon as possible to minimize the number of users affected. However, if you have millions of users, this could result in millions of crashes. Finding crashes would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Our team has worked hard to bring a more delightful experience of Visual Studio App Center Diagnostics to you. To help you diagnose the issues from your users, we have released both the ability to search crash reports and User ID reporting.

Now, you can find the crash groups/reports you need precisely and quickly with the Search feature and User ID when you need them!

Going Public (With Our Plans)

Starting now, we’re opening the doors and letting all of you in, you now have a front row seat to our product planning process.
Following the Visual Studio Code model, we published all our current product plans in the App Center GitHub repository.

Give Your Crashes a Context through Logs Attachments

This is a guest post by Jean-Marie Alfonsi, Freelance Software Architect.

At the dawn of the app era, crash reporting was a dull and heavy work. You needed to manually retrieve your crash from your smartphone system,

A New Year Ahead – the HockeyApp Cutover Experience

Starting today, you can get started with your transition from HockeyApp to App Center through the side-by-side experience. We’ll also update you with full documentation and details on completing your migration to App Center in March 2019 to enable all of our users to complete moving over all apps by November 16, 2019.

Creating Memories with Better DevOps for Unity Games in Visual Studio App Center

2018 has been a big year for Visual Studio App Center, with all the updates and releases. It has been especially exciting to work with the game developer community to provide better tailored services for your needs.

The Easy-to-Use and Modular App Center SDK

App Center supports a client SDK that is important to onboard to our services like Analytics, Diagnostics, and Push notifications. These SDKs are open source on GitHub, designed with a modular architecture, and easy-to-use APIs to make sure developers have an easy on-boarding experience. App Center supports a wide variety of SDK platforms - iOS, Android, macOS, DotNet, React Native, and Unity. This blog post covers most of the SDK features shipped by the App Center team this year.

Surging – Remote Teams Working Together in Person for a Week to Make Magic.

Visual Studio App Center has a globally distributed team. We have teams from South Korea, India, USA, Denmark and more. With our distributed nature, we have used all the electronic tools and processes we can to try and enable all of our team members to have a great working experiences and be highly productive,

Visual Studio App Center’s GitHub App: The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer

Configuring CI from GitHub is just the beginning when it comes to App Center. Take your app lifecycle to the next level with automated UI testing on real devices and automated distribution to your beta testers, public groups, or directly to the store. App Center’s SDK puts important information such as crashes and usage at your fingertips. Continuously improve your app based off of real data to provide the best experience to your users.