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MimeKit and MailKit, Featuring Support for International Email

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 25, 2014

After a year of working on MimeKey and MailKit, Jeffrey Stedfast has completed what are probably the most comprehensive MIME and email libraries for .NET. These libraries support SMTP, POP3, and IMAP, including dozens of IMAP4 extensions. Also included is support for the new International Emails standards, a first for the .NET platform.

Simplifying Microsoft User Accounts

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 24, 2014

Signing in with Internet-based accounts is supposed to make life easier, but too often leads to frequent password prompts. Microsoft is seeking to streamline this for developers in Visual Studio 2015.

Blend Moves Closer to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 20, 2014

New details about Blend for Visual Studio 2015 provide a glimpse of what users can expect in the new release. However, a couple of key features have been removed in an effort tighten the product's focus.

Facebook Flow Provides More Static Typing for JavaScript

by Abel Avram on  Nov 19, 2014

Announced during @Scale 2014, Facebook has open sourced Flow, a static type checker for JavaScript. Flow joins Microsoft TypeScript and Google AtScript to provide web developers with a tool meant to catch some bugs in the code before they manifest at runtime.

TypeScript 1.3 and the March Toward ECMAScript 6

by David Iffland on  Nov 19, 2014

Microsoft recently released TypeScript 1.3 and gave a preview of what's to come in version 1.4. TypeScript is one of a few industry efforts to add type checking to JavaScript and Microsoft aims to make TypeScript a full superset of ECMAScript 6.

A Preview of C# 6

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 19, 2014

Mads Torgersen, C# program manager at Microsoft, published a short video presentation describing what is coming in the next major C# version, C# 6. Among C# 6 new features, Mads highlighted getter-only properties, the lambda-arrow operator, string interpolation, and more.

Docker Client Comes to Microsoft Windows

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 18, 2014 2

After announcing the partnership with Docker, Microsoft has built a native Docker client. The command line interface (CLI) is fully compatible with Docker client running on Linux.

Microsoft, Adobe Release Critical Security Updates

by James Chesters on  Nov 18, 2014

Microsoft has released secruity improvements to Internet Explorer, fixing a vulnerablity that could allow an attacker to take control of a user's system. But according to Robert Freeman, manager of IBM X-Force Research, the issue was reported to Microsoft with a working proof-of-concept back in May 2014 -- and the issue is far older.

Android Joins Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 18, 2014 1

Visual Studio 2015 Preview includes a newly designed emulator for Android, enabling developers to build and test their apps on Google's mobile platform. It is the latest action from Microsoft that seems to indicate that a change is underway to position Visual Studio as a tool for all developers, not just Windows-centric ones.

Microsoft Revives WPF Development

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 17, 2014

Oft-maligned and seemingly ignored by Microsoft, the WPF technology has still remained popular with Windows application developers. Microsoft has announced new plans to improve WPF.

Microsoft Announces Pre-release of F# 4.0 in Visual Studio 2015 Preview

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 14, 2014

Microsoft announced a pre-release of F# 4.0 for Visual Studio 2015 Preview which can be installed through a Visual Studio update package. The update brings improvements to language and tooling features that can positively impact developers' daily life, several commenters said.

Full Power, No Charge: Visual Studio Community 2013

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 14, 2014 1

Microsoft has released Visual Studio Community 2013, a copy of Visual Studio Professional that is free to use for users in a non-corporate setting. While the Express editions remain available this new version of Visual Studio provides developers with a single environment that can target traditional Windows applications, the Web, Android, and iOS.

Microsoft Open Sources .NET, Adds Linux and Mac OS X Support

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 13, 2014 2

Microsoft's recent trend toward open source software has made a major advance as the company has released the core .NET software stack under the MIT License and published the code on GitHub. The company plans to fully support an "enterprise ready" version of .NET for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Dropbox Partnering With Microsoft

by Alex Giamas on  Nov 11, 2014

As announced at Web Summit last week, Dropbox has partnered up with Microsoft. Dropbox already hosts over 35 Billion Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations. This is value that Microsoft is willing to capture and allow for deeper integration between Office and Dropbox users. We examine what this partnership brings to both ends and the user and how the Cloud Storage market is shaping.

RyuJIT CTP5 Released to Mixed Reaction

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 10, 2014

The performance of the Just-In-Time compiler affects all .NET-based applications on a Windows system. Microsoft's latest preview of its next generation RyuJIT indicates inconsistent progress.

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