Christine Ruana

Principal Program Manager, Visual Studio

Christine started at Microsoft as an intern in 1991 on Word 1. She is currently a Program Manager on the Visual Studio release and acquisition team, and is focusing on helping enterprises easily acquire the product and stay secure. She lives in Redmond, Washington with two children in college and one still at home. She enjoys rock climbing and traveling and watching her peeps pursue their passions.

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Balancing User Updates with Security Best Practices

In today’s world, it is imperative for IT administrators and organizations to manage security effectively and embrace security best practices. One common best practice involves implementing appropriate permission levels to ensure that only authorized accounts can access sensitive data and functionality. Another widely accepted best practice ...

Configure Visual Studio policies using Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Intune)

Visual Studio global policies are now included in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Intune) settings catalog! It's easier for administrators to configure their organization’s devices now that the Visual Studio software policies are readily accessible in the Device Configuration Profile UI. A few months ago, we announced the release of ...

Installing Visual Studio from an Internal Intranet Website

We’re happy to announce that starting with Visual Studio 2022 version 17.6, Visual Studio layouts are available to install from an internal intranet website!  Enterprise customers have long been able to download a particular version of Visual Studio, host it on a private network file share, and make it available for their clients to ...

Removing out-of-support components from your Visual Studio installations

Visual Studio is a rich IDE that provides an abundant collection of tools and functionality for developers to use in every stage of software development. As we all know, technologies change over time, some faster than others; consequently, certain components that are initially included with Visual Studio may go out of support faster than the ...

Enable Group Policy Settings with Visual Studio Administrative Templates (ADMX)

IT Administrators often want to control, via group policy, certain aspects of Visual Studio behavior to achieve consistency, compliance, and compatibility across their organizations. One challenge has been that there was no easy way to discover what global policies exist for Visual Studio. Because there was no centralized repository that ...

Deploy Visual Studio updates to devices enrolled in Windows Update for Business

Starting in November 2022, IT Administrators can now deploy Visual Studio administrator security updates throughout their organization to cloud connected devices that are configured to use Windows Update for Business (WUfB) and are managed by mobile device management solutions such as Microsoft Endpoint Manager (also known as Intune). This ...

Introducing Visual Studio Administrator Updates

During the month of April 2021, Visual Studio will start publishing administrator updates to Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2019 via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Enterprises will be able to then use standard deployment tools like Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager to easily roll out these...

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 Preview 3

We're happy to share the highlights of the latest Visual Studio 2017 preview, which is now available for download, including - Productivity and Performance improvements, updated JavaScript and TypeScript tooling, right-click context menu productivity improvements, more C++ productivity improvements in IntelliSense, Code Analysis, and Just My Code debugging, Azure Development improvements, more Library Manager features, and Mobile Development improvements such as faster Android incremental builds and inclusion of Xamarin.Essentials to facilitate building native apps.

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 Preview 2

We're happy to share the highlights of the latest Visual Studio 2017 preview, which is now available for download, including - Emulator and Designer improvements when developing mobile Android apps, Xamarin.Android support of Android P Developer Preview 1, C++ development improvements, ability to fine-tune solution load configuration settings to maximize performance, significant new functionality in the CPU Usage tool to help you profile your applications’ performance, improvements to make it easier to build and debug extensions.

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview 3

Today we released the third preview of the next update: Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7. The top highlights of this Preview include - Updates to Universal Windows Platform development, C++ development improvements, significant updates in Xamarin and .NET Mobile Development, ability to configure installation locations, debugger support for authenticated Source Link, Live Unit Testing improvements, new tooling for migrating to NuGet PackageReference, connected Service improvements to deployment and Key Vault functionality.