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Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8

Today we are releasing Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8. In this version we have focused on productivity, performance and bug fixes. There are many new features you‘ll find useful, but in this post, I’ll underscore the highlights you may be most interested in. For the complete list of all the updates in today’s release, check out the ...

Mobilizing Existing .NET Apps

Almost any .NET codebase, including Windows Forms, WPF, ASP.NET, and Silverlight, has sharable code that can be ported to Mobile projects. In this blog post, You’ll learn how to port business logic from WPF and build a phone- and tablet-friendly mobile app for Android, iOS, and UWP. 

Connect(); 2017: SmartHotel360 Demo Apps and Architecture

Last month we hosted Microsoft Connect(); in New York City. Connect(); is a three-day, in-person and online developer event. If you missed it, no worries! You can watch our keynotes, sessions, and on-demand videos on Channel 9. For the past five months our keynote demo team worked on a new set of reference apps. We used most of these apps ...

Hands on with Visual Studio for Mac – Part 2

Since the release of Visual Studio for Mac we’ve been amazed by the number of Mac developers using it to build native apps for Mac, iOS, and Android, using Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms; web sites and services using ASP.NET Core; and games using Unity. We’re also excited by the number of developers trying it for the first time, and we want to ...

All Things Mobile at Microsoft Build

We released the Xamarin SDKs as a part of Visual Studio a year ago, open sourcing them in the process. Since then, we've been busy improving the experience of mobile developers using Visual Studio, launching iOS simulator remoting, Workbooks, Inspector, the Xamarin.Forms Previewer, and support for iOS 10 and Android N. In the last year, we'...

Avoid these six mobile development pitfalls

In our previous post in this series, we talked about the three shifts you need to make to set your mobile apps apart. As you implement your winning strategy, plan to tackle the six common challenges discussed below, ranging from meeting demand to post-release improvement. Discover how industry leaders tackle these issues in the e-book, Out-...

How do industry leaders set their mobile apps apart?

The past few years, innovation and increasingly savvy users have dramatically raised the bar for app quality. Industry leaders have taken notice, and they’re capitalizing on three core trends to stay ahead of their users—and their competition: (1) transitioning from basic apps to amazing mobile experiences; (2) evolving from simple, data-...

Create great looking, fast, mobile apps using JavaScript, Angular 2, and Ionic 2

In a recent Visual Studio Toolbox episode, I highlighted some new Ionic 2 templates for use with the Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO). These new Ionic 2 RC templates are now available for you to try out and in this post I’ll talk you through what’s new. > Download Ionic 2 templates on the Visual Studio Extension ...

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Mobile-App Development Solutions

The world of mobile app development has been bursting at the seams with opportunities these last few years, as companies look for the next horizon of productivity gains and new revenue streams to fuel their growth. But along with the opportunities tied to each mobile platform comes the responsibility of ensuring a secure and seamless ...

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 ...