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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.

The 6 Main Reasons to use VS2015 for C++ Development

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 30, 2016

Today at Build, the presentation “6 Reasons Move your C++ code to VS2015” was given which discussed the new features in VS2015 that make it more useful to C++ developers. VS2015 has been evolving since its original July 2015 release and there are several new features that should increase its attractiveness to C++ developers regardless of the platforms they target.

Microsoft Build 2016 - Day 1 Keynote Quick Take

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 30, 2016

Microsoft's annual Build developer conference began today in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Read on for InfoQ's coverage as Microsoft announced their plans for the Cloud, Windows 10, and the Internet of Things.

Type Satety for Numerics in F# Using Units of Measure

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Mar 30, 2016

Unit of measures in F# bring the ability to add type information to basic numeric types. This leads to more safety against unit mismatch, such as using seconds where milliseconds were expected. While it is possible to deal with unit of measures using classes, having the feature built into the language leads to more concise code.

SQL Server Now Offers NoSQL Style Memory-Optimized Tables

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 29, 2016

SQL Server 2016 is removing a lot of the limitations on memory-optimized tables including the inability to work with the large documents favored by NoSQL style designs.

Universal Windows Platform - Walled Garden vs Open System

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 24, 2016

Epic Games cofounder Tim Sweeney has created a furor over the state of Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform and whether it threatens the historical open nature of the Windows PC.

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