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Testing the MSVC Compiler Backend

This post provides a behind-the-scenes look at how we test MSVC's backend, which is responsible for optimization and code generation. Many people worldwide use our compiler and expect it to provide a high-quality experience in terms of correctness (compiled code behaves as written), performance (speed of the compiled code), and throughput (...


In the Debugger's Spotlight: A Year in Review

Reflecting on the past year's journey, our team was on a mission to enhance debugging tools, ensuring they became more efficient and user-friendly. We dedicated our efforts to boosting inner-loop productivity, making external source debugging more seamless, improving overall performance, and optimizing memory analysis. And, of course, we were ...


Windows Terminal Preview 1.20 Release

Happy New Year! The Windows Terminal team is back with our first preview release of the year! Windows Terminal Preview 1.20 introduces several changes such as the automatic deferral of package updates while Windows Terminal is running, support for colorful and crazy line styles, changes to the way search results are highlighted and LOTS of ...


A Year of C++ Improvements in Visual Studio

As we enter the new year, it’s a good time to look back at all the features and improvements we made for C++ developers in Visual Studio in 2023. We’ve made advancements across the IDE, toolchain, and the vcpkg package manager in both performance and functionality. Some focus areas have been ARM64 support, Unreal Engine development, code ...


Java on Azure Tooling Update – January 2024

Hi everyone, welcome to our first update of Java on Azure Tooling in 2024. In this update, we will introduce Azure Key Vault support, project scaffolding based on Azure samples and Azure Kubernetes experience enhancement. We hope you enjoy these updates and have a smooth experience with our Azure toolkit. Please download and install the Azure ...