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Industry Heavy Hitters Establish Node.js Foundation with Joyent

by James Chesters on  Feb 17, 2015

Heavy hitters IBM, Paypal, Microsoft and The Linux Foundation have joined with Node.js stewards Joyent to set up the Node.js Foundation. The announcement follows the first significant Node.js release since 2013, and the 1.0 release of io.js, the Node.js fork.

Microsoft Open Sources TouchDevelop Containing 160K LoC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.

New Task Parallel Library Features in .NET 4.6

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 09, 2015 1

.NET’s Task Parallel Library is seeing a tune-up in the soon to be released .NET 4.6. In addition to some helper methods that reduce code, and possibly memory usage, TPL is gaining a solution to a tricky problem with SetResult.

JUniversal: A Microsoft Tool for Porting Android Apps to Windows Phone and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 06, 2015

Microsoft has open sourced JUniversal, a tool for writing cross-platform mobile applications in Java.

.NET CoreCLR Open Sourced

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 05, 2015

Continuing with it's plans to open source the .NET platform, Microsoft has released the CLR and RyuJIT as part of the CoreCLR package. It is fully open source and available today on GitHub.

Microsoft Enhances Azure SQL Database, Active Directory and Media Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Feb 03, 2015

Microsoft announced new features to Azure SQL Database, Azure Active Directory, Azure RMS and Azure Media Services.

Microsoft Open Sources Cross-platform Serialization Library – Bond

by Boris Lublinsky on  Feb 03, 2015 1

Last month, without any official announcement, Microsoft open sourced Bond - a performant serialization system developed and deployed across dozens of mission-critical, high-scale infrastructure projects internally at Microsoft.

Raspberry Pi 2 Brings More Power, Memory and Windows Support

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 02, 2015

The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced a new upgrade for the Raspberry Pi, including a quad-core ARM A7 processor and 1G of memory. Additionally, Microsoft have been involved and Windows 10 for devices will be available for free as part of the Widows on Devices programme. Read on for more details.

Microsoft Uses Cloud Platform System to Run Internal Production Workloads

by Janakiram MSV on  Feb 01, 2015

According to an official blog post, Microsoft’s Cloud Platform System (CPS) is running Microsoft’s internal IaaS private cloud codenamed “Nebula”.

Looking at .NET Core on GitHub

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 30, 2015

It has been roughly 2 months since Microsoft started the open source released of the .NET Core libraries. The project has seen tremendous growth, and has provided some details as to how the move to GitHub has boosted development.

The Road to C# 7 Has Begun

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 29, 2015 9

With C# 6 nearly complete, work has begun on the next version. Like past versions, the first step is to set an overall theme and scope for what is to come. That vision has been shared by Mads Torgersen by publishing the first set of meeting notes for the C# 7 design team.

Microsoft Releases Details, Confirms Rumours On Spartan Project

by James Chesters on  Jan 28, 2015 1

Microsoft has released details of its rumoured Spartan browser project, and confirms a move towards standards used by other, more modern, browsers.

Microsoft Azure G-Series VMs are Generally Available

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 26, 2015

Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.

.NET API Review Part 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 23, 2015

This is part 2 of our analysis of the .NET API review meeting for January 14th. This report covers HashSet, RegEx, Process.Start, Immutable collections, and BitVector32.

Xamarin Releases Unified iOS/Mac API with 64-Bit Support

by Matt McComb on  Jan 22, 2015 1

amarin last week announced version 8.6 of its iOS SDK (Xamarin.iOS), the first non-beta release to include the company's Unified API for iOS and Mac. The Unified API replaces the 32-bit MonoTouch and MonoMac APIs, enabling code re-use across both platforms and adding 64-bit support.

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