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

Deck the Halls with an Improved Visual Studio App Center Portal UI

(image) As we’re wrapping up 2018 here at Visual Studio App Center, our team is proud of the new features and functionality we’ve been able to deliver to you this year. Over the next two weeks, we want to share some improvements we’ve been doing behind the scenes, along with some new and exciting changes for 2019. I often hear ...
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Visual Studio App Center CLI Customers – Event-Stream Package Security Update and Next Steps

On Nov 26, 2018, the npm security team removed `flatmap-stream` from the popular `event-stream@3.3.6` package. In late September, `flatmap-stream` had been added as a dependency by a GitHub developer identified as “right9control” in an apparent attempt to attack the `ps-tree` package running in copay, a cryptocurrency wallet. You can read ...
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Thanks, HockeyApp. Visual Studio App Center Will Take It From Here

Reposted from the HockeyApp blog. One year ago, we announced Visual Studio App Center as the future of HockeyApp. During this journey we listened to you and have continued to improve App Center in every way. We started out with the next generation of your favorite HockeyApp services: distribution, crash reporting and analytics, and added ...
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Announcing the General Availability of App Center Diagnostics

We have been working hard to improve App Center Diagnostics, making it more robust, performant, and scalable. From your feedback we are also bringing you a consolidated UI, combining crashes and errors in one view, as well as introducing a more intuitive symbol upload experience. With these changes, we are happy to announce Diagnostics is a Generally Available Service and no longer in preview
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Visual Studio App Center Unity Editor Extension- A Better Unity Experience

Just a few weeks ago, we shipped our Unity SDK and support for Unity in Visual Studio App Center portal. We have been excited to see the reception so far, seeing many new Unity apps created using App Center. To help integrate more seamlessly into the tools you are already using, and make the experience better, the App Center team is happy to announce the release of the App Center Unity Editor Extension.
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Xcode 8.0-8.3.2 Deprecation in Visual Studio App Center

This September, Visual Studio App Center delivered same-day build support for Xcode 10. As our community builds fewer than 1 percent of apps with older versions of Xcode 8, we will focus on supporting Xcode 8.3.3 and higher. Effective November 28, 2018, we are ending support for older versions of Xcode, including 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.3.1 and 8.3.2.
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Visual Studio App Center Levels Up with Unity Support

Unity is one of the most popular and recognized game development platforms on the market to date. Microsoft has had a long-standing partnership with Unity, with Visual Studio Tools for Unity being the default installed editor experience for Unity developers around the world. Continuing in our quest to make mobile developers more productive, and better support the apps developers are building, the Visual Studio App Center team is excited to announce the public release of the App Center Unity SDK.
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Testing Xamarin Applications with Visual Studio App Center

With App Center you can perform both unit tests and automated UI tests within a CI/CD pipeline. You should launch your unit tests on a post-clone step and UI-tests on post-build step. While planning your UI test strategy (how many testing devices, how many tests, and how often to perform them) you should consider that UI testing requires more time than unit testing.