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Updating Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate

We announced the availability of Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate a few weeks ago at Connect(); 2016. For those of you who tried it, let me start by saying, “Thank you!” Already you’ve submitted several hundred issues and requests and we’re using your feedback and the telemetry on the product to improve greatly. To get the latest ...

Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate

Today during the Connect(); 2016 event we announced the availability of the release candidate of the next version of Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate. Thank you to those who tried out the pre-builds and previews and provided feedback. Your feedback always plays an important role in the successful release of Visual Studio. ...

Announcing Visual Studio “15” Preview 5

Today we released Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. With this Preview, I want to focus mostly on performance improvements, and in the coming days we’ll have some follow-up posts about the performance gains we’ve seen. I’m also going to point out some of the productivity enhancements we’ve made. So kick off the installer here and ...

Fewer Visual Studio Sign-in Prompts

You've told us that Visual Studio makes you sign in WAY too often. Over the last year, we've released several improvements to help address your feedback. The keychain we released with Visual Studio 2015 made it possible to manage multiple identities in VS and gave you single sign-on across the IDE. In the last few updates, we’ve made changes...

Create high quality mobile apps with Ionic & Visual Studio

Are you a web developer building mobile applications today? Are you considering joining the ranks of web developers moving beyond the mobile web to mobile app development? If so, then we have a treat for you – a new set of Visual Studio templates, building on top of the Apache Cordova platform, Ionic UI framework, and using the TypeScript ...

Node.js Tools 1.2 for Visual Studio 2015 released

What time is it?! Time to announce that our next stable release of Node.js Tools 1.2 for Visual Studio (NTVS) is available for download! NTVS 1.2 supports Visual Studio 2015 (including the free Visual Studio Community Edition and Express for Web). With Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, we strive to make it easier than ever to build enterprise-...

Visual Studio “15” Preview 3

Today I am happy to share Visual Studio “15” Preview 3 (which is different from Visual Studio 2015 Update 3). This is still a Preview and is unsupported, so my recommendation is to not install it on your production environments. That said, it should install right on top of any previous Visual Studio “15” Previews and side by side with ...

Webinar: Learn how to build cross-platform apps with Visual Studio and Xamarin

One of our goals at Microsoft is to give developers the tools they need to build native, cross-platform apps for Android, iOS and Windows. Our recent acquisition of Xamarin gives you 100% native API access so you can create truly native user experiences. If you attended Build 2016 in April, you most likely had the chance to see some of the ...

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 and .NET Core 1.0 Available Now

[UPDATED July 15th – New patch is now available to fix some top bugs in Update 3. Check Update July 15th tag] [UPDATED June 30th – See update tag within the post for details] Today we are sharing the final release of Visual Studio 2015 Update 3, Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 3, and .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0. I’m going to ...

Apache Cordova & the browser based workflow

Apache Cordova applications leverage HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create mobile applications that run across multiple device platforms including Android, iOS, and Windows. Today, the Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO) support in Visual Studio helps you get up and running quickly using Cordova. Cordova developers are web developers, ...