SQL Server 2005 has now officially hit its end of life. This means that it will no longer receive security updates and new vulnerabilities that are discovered will go unfixed. Yet a recent survey commissioned by Microsoft showed that 46% of companies using SQL Server had at least one production machine running SQL Server 2005.
After 15 years of running on a “brittle codebase with an archaic publishing and deployment system”, Microsoft has finally decided to retire MSDN and TechNet. The replacement will be an open source project known as docs.microsoft.com.
At the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, InfoQ had the opportunity to speak with Gareth Jones, API architect for the Microsoft Graph API which aims at making life easier for developers by providing a unified API endpoint. With the prevalence of Microsoft products in most businesses around the world, it is interesting to see how Microsoft solves this issue at their scale.
"Continuous Delivery with Windows and .Net" is a short book by Matthew Skelton and Chris O'Dell that should be seen as a very useful complement to Jez Humble and Dave Farley's "Continuous Delivery" book for those that work in a Windows and .Net environment. InfoQ talked with the authors to learn more about the state of Continuous Delivery on Windows and .Net.
On March 30th, 2016 Microsoft announced the release of their BizTalk Server 2016 Community Technical Preview 1 (CTP). This release is one of Microsoft’s milestones they highlighted in their recent Integration Roadmap. In addition to the BizTalk Server CTP, Microsoft has also released an initial CTP for its Host Integration Server offering.
Xamarin.Forms has been released as an MIT-licensed open source project as Microsoft continues to open up their .NET software platform. Coinciding with this announcement is news that Visual Studio users will find it easier to perform development for iOS devices from within Visual Studio.
Today at GraphConnect Europe 2016, Neo Technology announced the release of Neo4j 3.0, which includes a new binary protocol for transmitting data between server and client, and a new set of standardised drivers for interacting with the database, along with stored procedure support and higher performance and capacity. InfoQ spoke to Neo Technology to find out more.
Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 has brought several new capabilities and improvements to VS2015. One area that has seen improvement is compiling code for .NET Native, yielding better support for generics and an improved backend compiler.
The advent of .NET Core brings the ability to build and run F# programs on Linux and Mac OS X with the same level of support as Windows. David Stephens, program manager for F# at Microsoft, presented how to get started with F# on .Net Core at Build 2016.
Microsoft and Facebook have announced that the Universal Windows Platform will be the next platform to support React Native. Aiding developers build React Native apps on Windows, Microsoft also released a React Native extension for Visual Studio Code that provides debugging and IntelliSense in their cross-platform code editor.
Recently at the 2016 Build Event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a change to their Power BI offering. The update comes in the form of giving customers and ISVs with the ability to embed Power BI reports within their own applications. Microsoft is calling this service Power BI Embedded and it is currently in preview.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio Code 1.0, a year after its initial preview.
Andrew Clinick, Program Manager at Microsoft, presented an overview of what’s new in the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App Model at Build 2016. One of the highlights this year is the conversion of desktop applications to UWP, code-named Project Centennial.
While most of the attention is on .NET Core, work continues on the original .NET Framework. Recently released as a preview, version 4.6.2 is primarily focused on security and WinForms/WPF related features.
Anders Hejlsberg returned to Microsoft's Build conference in 2016 to talk about the current state of TypeScript and preview some amazing features coming in the next few months.