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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 ...

Visual Studio “15” Preview Now Available

At Build 2016 we shared a preview of the next version of Visual Studio, which we call Visual Studio “15” (not to be confused with Visual Studio 2015). The download is available here. This is a Preview and is unsupported, so please refrain from installing it on your production environments. This preview lays a lot of groundwork for vNext...

Support Ending for Visual Studio 2005

In October 2005, before Twitter, jQuery, Blu-Ray movies, Xbox 360, Amazon AWS, Internet Explorer 7, and Google Analytics, we released Visual Studio 2005. A lot has happened in software development since 2005 (we’re looking at you, C++ 11, TypeScript, .NET 4.6, Cordova, Roslyn, and UWP!). So now it’s time to say goodbye. In line with our ...

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 RC

Today we released the next set of reliability and performance improvements in Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 RC, which also addresses issues that we hear from your continued feedback. Building on what we announced with the CTP release, here’s what you’ll find in Update 2 RC: As with the CTP, we’ve continued to ship ...

10 things you should try on the leap day

It’s February 2016 and so those of us on the Gregorian calendar get to enjoy an extra day in the month! What will you do in those 24 bonus hours? How about learning some new tools and technologies? Here are ten great suggestions—OK, eleven! It is a leap year, so it’s a leap list: Get your code hosted for free in ...

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 CTP

Today we released Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 CTP. Our focus for this release has been stability and performance, along with responding to feedback you’ve given us on Visual Studio 2015 RTM and Update 1. Here are the biggest things you’ll find in this update: We’ve also added a number of features ...

The .NET Journey: Recapping the last year

Having just completed Connect(); // 2015, we thought to take a moment to review everything that’s happened with .NET over the last year, between last year's and this year's Connect();. And what a year it’s been! We’ve seen significant developments in the .NET Framework, including the release of new versions, and also the ...

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 CTP

Today we released Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 CTP. Included, you’ll find: For a complete description of the improvements, bug fixes, and known issues in this release, see Description of Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 CTP. As always, we welcome your feedback. Share your feedback, suggestions, thoughts, and ...

How Visual Studio gives Halfbrick ninja powers

For this post we welcome Nicholas Cornelius and Miguel Pastor from Halfbrick as guest authors on the Visual Studio Blog. Halfbrick games, including Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, are released on multi platforms. To minimize per-platform overhead, our games are written primarily in C++ with only small portions of platform-specific code ...

Introduction to Debugging

Whenever those of us in Visual Studio give talks or write blog posts about debugging, we typically focus on tips and tricks and new features that take for granted you already know the basics of debugging. The problem with this is like most things in life debugging is a skill you have to learn before you can take advantage of tips and tricks. ...