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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.

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.

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.

C# Comes to the Unreal Engine

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 07, 2014

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 Expands Azure Machine Learning and Real Time Analytics Offering

by Alex Giamas on  Oct 31, 2014

Microsoft recently announced new machine learning capabilities for Microsoft Azure platform. Developers can also create their own web services and publish them to Azure Marketplace. Microsoft also announced availability of Apache Storm for Azure. Azure Stream Analytics, Data Factory and Event Hubs for Azure were all announced in the past few weeks by Microsoft. In this article we explore moreabout

Microsoft Azure Gets a New Marketplace, Advanced Networking Features and Batch Processing

by Janakiram MSV on  Oct 30, 2014

In another round of feature enhancements and additions, Microsoft Azure got a major set of updates in the form of a revamped marketplace and advanced networking capabilities.

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