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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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'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.
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.
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.
The Unreal Engine joins Unity with C# support thanks to Xamarin's new Mono for Unreal Engine. This extension enables developers to create Unreal Engine just using C#.
Microsoft and Dropbox announced a strategic partnership to integrate Dropbox service with Office 365 on phones and tablets.