Whether it is due to the advent of the cloud or simply a desire to see if it is a better business model, software licensing has been moving towards a subscription-based system. In an effort to better attract customers, Microsoft has announced several pricing changes to Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server that should lower monthly project costs.
Unity developers using Visual Studio will see several improved debugging features in the latest preview of Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.0. Alongside the enhancements is added support for VS2015 and Visual Studio 2013 Community.
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.
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.
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 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.
Visual Studio "14" is improving the web development experience through a series of changes throughout the package. These changes should benefit developers across a variety of tasks: JSON editing, HTML editing and the use of templating packages, and managing code in the editor.
Visual Studio’s support for new languages is quite powerful, but few people have the skill and determination to take advantage of it. David Golub, who brought CMake support to Visual Studio, is one such person.
The fourth preview of Visual Studio "14" integrates several new features, including improvements to the debugger, integration of a new high-performance 64-bit JIT compiler, and ASP.NET vNext. Alongside these changes are several rough edges that reinforces the notion this software is still under active development.
The .NET Micro Framework has a new release which adds support for Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio "14". This Framework powers devices that Microsoft intends to build the "Internet of Things" and similar hardware-centric devices like the Raspberry Pi.
Npgsql 2.2.0 comes as a feature packed release. The release adds VS Data Designer support, several Entity Framework-specific improvements and support for the Postgres 9.4 feature, the JSONB datatype.
The forthcoming release of VS “14” has not diminished Microsoft's continuing efforts to update the current VS2013. A fourth update for VS2013 has been released via a CTP, and is set to bring fixes and improvement to a couple of areas.
The Bing Developer Assistant is a new plugin for C# developers to enable effective searches for code samples from within Visual Studio. Rather than requiring a context switch to a web browser, the plugin lets developers make code searches while they work.
Running cloud-based always-on systems is inherently complex. Microsoft recently experienced a 5 hour outage with Visual Studio Online, rendering their service unusable to developers. Microsoft's Brian Harry has provided a candid retrospective on what went wrong and how his team his correcting the failure.