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

Sweeten Your Apps with Android Oreo & Visual Studio App Center
Sweeten Your Apps with Android Oreo & Visual Studio App Center
While the recent release of Android Oreo, the eighth major operating system version since Android launched in 2008, focuses on fundamentals like performance and reliability, it still packs several highlights for both end users and developers. With all of the updates, we’re breaking down a few of our favorite user-facing features and backend ...
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Deliver Better iPhone X UX with Visual Studio App Center
Deliver Better iPhone X UX with Visual Studio App Center
The iPhone X is unlike its predecessors in size, design, and operating system. With this new form factor and the recent iOS 11 release, it’s an exciting time to be an iOS developer, but from the introduction of a taller screen, the “notch controversy,” and the removal of the home button, there are big implications for iPhone users and ...
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Win an Xbox One S from Visual Studio App Center
Win an Xbox One S from Visual Studio App Center
Sign up and tweet for a chance to win one of 10 Xbox One S consoles! As a thank you to all the users who contributed to a fantastic launch, we're celebrating the holidays early by giving away ten Xbox One S bundles to lucky users. Anyone can enter! How to Enter STEP 1: Sign Up If you don't already have an App Center account, create ...
Guest Blog | Zero to App in 20 Minutes: Build Your First Chat App with Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio App Center, and Rapid
Guest Blog | Zero to App in 20 Minutes: Build Your First Chat App with Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio App Center, and Rapid
This is a special guest post from David Drobik, co-founder at Rapid. Until recently, we had only one option for communicating with friends, family, and colleagues from our mobile phones: Short Messaging System (SMS). Now, though, we don’t have to limit our communication to 160 characters (the SMS max per message, in case you don’t ...
Behind the Scenes @ our Hackathon: Join the Hunt and Ship Intelligent Apps
Behind the Scenes @ our Hackathon: Join the Hunt and Ship Intelligent Apps
Hello and G’day, Mike and Rob here*. We’re long-time developers and, in our current roles as Microsoft Global Black Belts, we help our customers set up CI/CD processes and create apps that use the latest technology and services, from Fortune 500 companies building dozens of apps to mobile-first organizations where apps are their business...
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A/B Test All the Things: React Native Experiments with App Center
A/B Test All the Things: React Native Experiments with App Center
Visual Studio App Center helps developers ship better apps faster, but it also helps you build features your users will love. How? We designed App Center to be API-first and fully modular. This means that when you integrate App Center services with your existing toolchain, you have the flexibility to apply them to other parts of your ...
Guest Blog | A Mobile DevOps Retrospective, Part III: Measurement, the Last Mile
Guest Blog | A Mobile DevOps Retrospective, Part III: Measurement, the Last Mile
This is Part III in a special guest series from Greg Shackles, Principal Engineer at Olo. New to the series? Start here.   In my last post, I shared how automation, one of DevOps’ key concepts, frees our team to solve real problems, and how it’s created a cross-team “culture of ownership.” Everyone—from our developers to ...
Microsoft Connect 2017 Visual Studio App Center Round-Up
Microsoft Connect 2017 Visual Studio App Center Round-Up
Last week’s Connect event was full of exciting announcements, demos, and technical sessions. From announcing the General Availability of Visual Studio App Center to showing you how to use the latest and greatest services to build better apps, we’re excited to help developers focus on what matters: shipping awesome apps on any platform. ...
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How We Build SDKs Developers Love
How We Build SDKs Developers Love
We—the Visual Studio App Center development team—have released SDKs for Android, iOS, React Native, UWP and Xamarin, with more in the works. As we build new tools, we do so knowing that many are successors to popular SDKs, like HockeyApp, that developers already use and love (for good reason). When we started working on App Center, we ...
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Introducing App Center: Build, Test, Distribute and Monitor Apps in the Cloud
Introducing App Center: Build, Test, Distribute and Monitor Apps in the Cloud
Today, we launched Visual Studio App Center1, and it is now generally available for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows apps. App Center has everything you need to manage the lifecycle of your apps, including automated builds, testing on real devices in the cloud, distribution to beta testers and app stores, and monitoring of real-world usage ...
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