App Center Blog

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

Faster Android Tests and NUnit 3
Faster Android Tests and NUnit 3
Xamarin.UITest is a popular C# testing framework which works great with both native and cross-platform apps, using frameworks like Xamarin. Today I’m happy to announce two updates we have made to the UITest framework, in the form of a performance boost for cloud tests and adding NUnit 3 support both locally and in the cloud. 
Microsoft’s Developer Blogs are Getting an Update
Microsoft’s Developer Blogs are Getting an Update
In the coming days, we’ll be moving our developer blogs to a new platform with a modern, clean design and powerful features that will make it easy for you to discover and share great content. This week, you’ll see the Visual Studio, IoTDev, and Premier Developer blogs move to a new URL – while additional developer blogs will transition ...
Growing the Visual Studio App Center Service Portfolio
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
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)
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.
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Give Your Crashes a Context through Logs Attachments
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. Being in the golden age of apps, we are now pretty ...
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A New Year Ahead – the HockeyApp Cutover Experience
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.
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Creating Memories with Better DevOps for Unity Games in Visual Studio App Center
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, mainly for Unity developers, as well as a glimpse into what we have in store going...
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The Easy-to-Use and Modular App Center SDK
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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