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Xamarin.Forms Open Sourced

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 27, 2016

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.

Neo4j 3.0 Released with Binary Communication Protocol and Standardised Drivers

by Alex Blewitt on  Apr 26, 2016

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.

How VS2015 Update 2 Improves .NET Native Code

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 26, 2016

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.

Getting Started with F# on Linux and Mac OS X

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Apr 20, 2016

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 Releases Power BI Embedded Preview

by Kent Weare on  Apr 17, 2016

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.

Overview of the UWP App Model at Build 2016

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Apr 13, 2016

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.

.NET 4.6.2 Preview Brings Security and WPF Features

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2016 1

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.

TypeScript 2.0 Preview

by David Iffland on  Apr 04, 2016 2

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.

C# 7 Features Previewed

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 04, 2016

Over the last year we've shown you various features that were being considered for C# 7. With the preview of Visual Studio 15, Microsoft has decided to demonstrate the features to make it into the final release of C# 7.

Azure Service Fabric Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Apr 03, 2016

At Microsoft’s recent Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Fabric.

How Node Replaced Macros in Microsoft Word

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 01, 2016

Writing extensions for Word used to be handled by BASIC. Now, the language of choice is JavaScript and the platform Node.

.NET's Future Includes an Open Sourced Mono

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 01, 2016

At Day 2 of Build, Microsoft's Scott Hunter and Scott Hanselman described the company's plans for a unified .NET library. As part of this plan, Mono has been switch to the MIT open source license.

V.Next Announced, Use Visual C++ for Linux Today

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 31, 2016

Microsoft has announced the first preview of Visual Studio 2015's successor. Even more impressive is a new extension available now that provides VS2015 with the ability to create and develop C++ projects for Linux and UNIX based systems.

Microsoft Build 2016 - Day 2 Keynote Quick Take

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 31, 2016

Microsoft's annual Build developer conference continued today in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Read on for InfoQ's coverage as Microsoft announced their plans for the Cloud, the fate of their Xamarin acquisition, and Office 365.

Simplifying the Road from Win32 to Windows 10

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 31, 2016

One of the challenges Microsoft faces with Windows 10 is due to the company's own massive success in building their large library of traditional Win32 applications. Today at Build Microsoft revealed a new tool that makes porting an existing Win32 based application vastly easier.

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