Review Category : Developers

Microsoft is continuously improving the experience around Visual Studio Online service and today they are enabling an unlimited number of stakeholders across your organization to easily work with your Visual Studio Online projects. So, any number of users in an account can be assigned a stakeholder license at no charge.  Stakeholders have access to the project home page and most of the “work” related functionality. This includes the ability to view the backlog, add and edit items, run work item queries and more. I truly believe that today, every company is a software company, and software projects are a key enabler of business success throughout an organization. As this trend continues, we recognize that there are many users within the organization who are stakeholders in a development project, but not core members of the project.  Whether it’s management who periodically wants to see the status of a project, business leads defining user stories ...

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Microsoft today announced previews of new Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications. They also announced the general availability of Azure HDInsight, our Hadoop-based solution for the cloud, now supports Apache HBase clusters. Azure DocumentDB is the main announcement here. It’s a NoSQL document database-as-a-service that provides the benefits of a NoSQL document database but also adds the query processing and transaction semantics common to relational database systems. Built for the cloud, Azure DocumentDB natively supports JSON documents enabling easy object mapping and iteration of data models for application development. Azure DocumentDB offers programming libraries for several popular languages and platforms, including.Net, Node.js, JavaScript, and Python. We will be contributing the client libraries to the open source community, so they can incorporate improvements into the versions published on Azure.com. Second new thing announced today is ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual F# Tools 3.1.2 which includes updates to the Visual F# compiler and F# IDE tooling for Visual Studio. Microsoft is continuing to expand .NET portable library support in Visual F#, with this release you can find F# project templates, along with compiler and runtime support, for two additional portable profiles: Profile 78 (.NET Framework 4.5, Windows 8, Windows Phone Silverlight 8) Profile 259 (.NET Framework 4.5, Silverlight 5, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8.1) Some other new features in this release, Non-locking assembly references in FSI F# developers love the quick-iteration development workflow enabled by F# Interactive – “edit-compile-test” is more or less distilled to “edit-test” – and tend to dislike anything that slows them down. Those errors should no longer be an issue. F# Interactive now supports non-locking #r references via shadow copy. Support for Publish in web and Azure projects If you are using ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 that helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Today, Microsoft announced the new Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio combines the functionality of two popular Visual Studio extensions into one: Sample Browser and Bing Code Search. What’s new with Bing Developer Assistant? New Visual Studio IntelliSense experience to find code samples for API – Bing Developer Assistant delivers a major enhancement in Visual Studio IntelliSense. While coding, a relevant code snippet related to your current API will be automatically displayed in the IntelliSense window which is powered by Bing Code Search. Code snippets are short piece of code ...

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Microsoft developer division teams are on fire, if I’m not wrong, this is fourth major release in past 4 weeks. Today, they released Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 along with an early build of the .NET Framework vNext. Some features in this release include: ASP.NET and Web Development vNext Updates. This CTP includes all the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 web tooling improvement and ASP.NET vNext alpha 3 runtime packages. It has improved tooling support for ASP.NET vNext, such as support for build configuration and support for unit tests, and it no longer includes content and compile items inside “.kproj” file. ASP.NET vNext includes an updated version of the RyuJIT JIT compiler. For details, please read the full post on the .NET Web Development Tools blog. .NET Native Updates. .NET Native is now integrated into Visual Studio “14.” It includes initial support for calling WCF services within .NET Native apps and the associated ...

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Today, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration. Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to ...

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  Back in March, Microsoft officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. One of the main design decisions on Dx12 is to make it more power efficient. To demonstrate it, Intel created a SIGGRAPH 2014 demo to demonstrate the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on the Surface Pro 3 with Intel HD4400 graphics. In the demo, an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids are rendered, which equates to 50,000 draws per frame. To demonstrate the power gains of DirectX 12, Intel locked the framerate of the demo, rendered with DirectX 11 for a period of time and then toggled to DirectX 12 rendering the ...

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Engineers from Microsoft’s IE platform team took part in a Reddit AmA session. Engineers present during this session were number of subject matter experts covering JavaScript, DOM, CSS, HTML, Graphics/WebGL, Touch, Performance, Developer Relations, F12 Developer Tools, Web Standards, Testing, and more. When answering about whether Microsoft considered rebranding and changing the name of Internet Explorer due to its negative perception, IE team revealed that they briefly considered Ultron, but the lawyers said no. They even answered a question about negative perception, Q: I’ve always had this question in mind too. The IE name has been so widely denigrated that even if they make it the best browser in the market, I think its reputation will affect the distribution and adoption of the browser very adversely. Ans: It’s been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it. Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we ...

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Microsoft Visual Studio team today released the Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is an open-source plug-in for Visual Studio that supports programming with the Python language with features such as CPython/IronPython, editing, IntelliSense, interactive debugging, profiling, IPython REPL with inline graphics cross-platform/language debugging and running Python websites on Microsoft Azure with tooling integration for both publishing and debugging. New in this release: Numerous bug fixes throughout the entire product, especially for IntelliSense and code completions, debugging, general stability and performance Search paths within a project are now used for IntelliSense Django​ template debugging now works on Python 3.4 Anaconda environments can now use ‘conda install’ from PTVS The standard string visualizers (HTML, XML, JSON) can now be used when debugging Brace highlight color can now be changed Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC  can be downloaded for Visual Studio Express 2013 for Desktop ...

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Microsoft today detailed the August update for Internet Explorer that includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. This update is a great news for developers as it provides substantial improvements to the F12 developer tools – The user interface, console, DOM explorer, debugger, emulation tool, UI responsiveness and memory profiling tools all have new features and bug fixes. Microsoft will be providing more details on the F12 improvements in the future. In addition to this, Microsoft has updated the WebGL renderer has also been updated with support for ANGLE_instanced_arrays, OES_element_index_uint and WEBGL_debug_renderer_info extensions, the failIfMajorPerformanceCaveat context creation attribute, 16-bit textures, more GLSL conformance, and line loop and triangle fan primitives. As we already know, with the new out-of-date ActiveX control blocking, Internet Explorer helps keep ActiveX controls up-to-date and safer to use. Microsoft has also added support for WebDriver, The August update also provides ...

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If you are following the cloud computing industry for the past few years, the title should not have surprised you. Microsoft Azure continues its momentum of gaining customers more than Amazon and Google. A survey of CIOs by the research firm Pacific Crest Securities has found enterprise customers are going to spend more money on Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 than Google and Amazon Web Services. Also, Microsoft was the second most preferred supplier for public and private cloud services behind VMware. For the survey, Pacific Crest checked in with CIOs at 152 companies with 1,000 or more employees — most of them with over 5,000 employees. That at least partially explains the overall strength for Microsoft: Big as it is, Amazon’s AWS tends to be more popular with earlier-stage (and therefore smaller) companies. One thing that large enterprises tend to like, writes Pacific Crest’s Brendan Barnicle, is that Microsoft’s cloud tends ...

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.NET is an integral part of many applications running on Windows and provides common functionality for those applications to run. This download is for people who need .NET to run an application on their computer. For developers, the .NET Framework provides a comprehensive and consistent programming model for building applications that have visually stunning user experiences and seamless and secure communication. Microsoft today recommended their customers to update to .NET 4.5.2 for greater stability, reliability, security and performance and revealed that they will stop supporting all older .Net frameworks. We will continue to fully support .NET 4, .NET 4.5, .NET 4.5.1, and .NET 4.5.2 until January 12, 2016, this includes security updates as well as non-security technical support and hotfixes. Beginning January 12, 2016 only .NET Framework 4.5.2 will continue receiving technical support and security updates. There is no change to the support timelines for any other .NET Framework version, ...

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Microsoft today shared some important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft wants customers to run latest browsers because they offer fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services, connecting anytime, anywhere, on any device. Also, developers can develop websites with modern standards instead of supporting old browsers. Microsoft today announced that beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported: Windows Platform Internet Explorer Version Windows Vista SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows 7 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2012 Internet Explorer 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Internet Explorer 11 After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced enhancements to the technical search terms mostly used by developers and students. They have made two main improvements, first is making code search & API reference easier on Bing and the second is Bing now understands developer queries containing non-alphanumeric characters. One of the common tasks in a programmer’s life is learning about new APIs. The best way to learn about an API is to see a description and an example of how it is being used. More importantly, seeing the actual code is critical for programmers.  In many cases, this information is buried in the API documentation requiring additional steps. In the above example a programmer queried for C# hashtable method. As you can see without even going into the MSDN page, user can know about the use this method, can even copy paste the code and start using it. Technical developer queries often contain ...

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Microsoft today announced that they releasing an update to the Office 365 API Tool for Visual Studio 2013, which includes Office 365 API client libraries for .NET applications and JavaScript for multi-device hybrid applications. This update brings in some changes based on feedback and bug fixes since the previous release. When you open the tool for the first time to add Office 365 APIs to your project, the Register your app link makes it explicit that you are registering a new application in Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD). With today’s update, you can now associate your Windows Phone 8.1 project with an Azure Active Directory application using the Office 365 API tool. The tool now logs messages in the Visual Studio output window so you can see what changes are made once you add Office 365 services to your project. With the latest tooling update, you can specify Redirect URIs directly in ...

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Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group today highlighted the number of great enhancements they have added to Microsoft Azure this past month. These include: Virtual Machines: Preview Portal Support as well as SharePoint Farm Creation Machine Learning: Public preview of the new Azure Machine Learning service Event Hub: Public preview of new Azure Event Ingestion Service Mobile Services: General Availability of .NET support, SignalR support Notification Hubs: Price Reductions and New Features SQL Database: New Geo-Restore, Geo-Replication and Auditing support Redis Cache: Larger Cache Sizes Storage: Support for Zone Redundant Storage SDK: Tons of great VS and SDK improvements All of these improvements are now available to use immediately. If you don’t already have a Azure account, you can sign-up for a free trial and start using all of the above features today. You can read more details about them at Scott Guthrie’s blog. ...

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