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Visual Studio “15” Preview 2

Last month, we released our first preview of the next version of Visual Studio. After listening to your feedback, we have fixed issues and improved experiences in this preview. Download Visual Studio “15” Preview 2 to get the latest. This is still a Preview and is unsupported, so please refrain from installing it on your production ...

14 more reasons to download Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 today

If you haven’t downloaded Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 yet, now is a good time to do so. In the latest KB we have addressed some of the top reported problems around performance and reliability. So far, we’ve made 14 fixes and updates, that address Visual Studio build fail issues, Visual Studio crashes, and improve memory usage by disabling ...

Top New from March 2016

Yes, it might seem a bit odd to have a post with “March” in the title now that it’s already May, but it does take a few weeks for the data to show what you’ve all been reading about lately. So with no further ado, here are those recent highlights! Xamarin included with Visual Studio. As announced at //build 2016 to great applause, ...

News from Xamarin Evolve: What’s next for Visual Studio and Xamarin

Less than a month ago, at //BUILD, we announced the integration of Xamarin technology into our Visual Studio product line, furthering our Any Developer, Any App, Any Platform approach and bringing even more power and productivity to the nearly 13 million devs who have already downloaded Visual Studio 2015 and the 10 million who have downloaded...

The Latest of Microsoft Office Developer Tools: Office Add-in Commands and SharePoint 2016 Support

Office’s message at Build was loud and clear: Office is an open market for developers who want to reinvent productivity, backed by a consumer base of 1.2 billion users. Qi Lu welcomed developers to the Office ecosystem in his Build keynote, and showcased new robust extensibility features that enable you to create custom experiences in Office...

Open Any Folder with Visual Studio “15” Preview

For developers to be truly productive in Visual Studio their code needs to be organized into Solutions and projects, right? For a long time, that was a core expectation of how Visual Studio works. Unfortunately, this requirement is a bit of a burden for those of you working across multiple tools and platforms. Sometimes Solutions make a lot ...

Previewing Salsa – the New JavaScript Language Service in Visual Studio “15”

The new JavaScript language service, codenamed "Salsa", is now available in Visual Studio "15" Preview. Language services are responsible for providing syntax highlighting, completion lists, signature help, and other tooling features for a specific language inside the IDE. Salsa delivers many improvements over the existing JavaScript language ...

Visual Studio TACO Update 8 and new Ionic templates

Last week we announced many new Visual Studio updates, including Ionic support in the Cordova Extension for Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO) Update 8. In this post, I’ll highlight the main changes included in the Visual Studio TACO Update 8 release – which you already have If you installed Visual Studio...

Faster, Leaner, Focused on Your Development Needs: The New Visual Studio Installer

Visual Studio continues to grow in power and capability with each release. Our objective is to provide every developer with the tools you need to be successful whether you’re building mobile, cloud, or desktop apps regardless of your language or framework. Now that Visual Studio includes tools for Any Developer building Any App, it also ...

Mobile App Development made easy with Visual Studio and Xamarin

Last month, we announced that Microsoft acquired Xamarin and welcomed the Xamarin team to Microsoft. Today, in his Build 2016 keynote, Scott Guthrie laid out our plans for how Xamarin and Visual Studio will come together. If you haven’t already, check out Scott Guthrie’s keynote summary post and Nat Friedman’s blog. In short, we’re ...

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