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.

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, put some context in it and then send it to your custom web service.

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.

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Become a Dev Rockstar by Learning About your Users with Visual Studio App Center and Azure

App Center works seamlessly with Azure so you can export your user data to Azure and analyze it there to learn more about your users.

Let’s first take a look at some real-world scenarios where customer data analyzed over a long period of time helps organizations provide better experiences for their customers.

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.

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, put some context in it and then send it to your custom web service.

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. Here are some of the highlights from 2018,

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,