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New Build Automation Features in Visual Studio Online

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

Microsoft has completely rewritten the build server in Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The new tool completely eliminates the massive XAML-based Windows Workflow files that were used as build definitions.

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio Supports Remote Sessions, DSC and Workflows

by João Miranda on  Apr 27, 2015

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio is a Visual Studio extension that brings the power of Visual Studio to PowerShell developers. Adam Driscoll, the original creator of this extension, got help from Microsoft over the past couple of months. The result is a new release, v3.0.108, offering 64-bit and remote session support, among other improvements.

WPF Tooling in Blend and Visual Studio 2015

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 24, 2015

A question that keeps coming up is whether or not Blend should be integrated into Visual Studio. The current thought is that it is still better to have separate tools, one focused on UI design tasks and one focused on application development. But that doesn’t mean both can’t be improved.

Visual Studio Increases Support for Unreal and Cocos2D

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 22, 2015

Building on its Unity game engine support, Microsoft has announced that it is broadening this support to include Unreal Engine and Cocos2D.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Hits the Big 1.0

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 08, 2015 1

Node Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) has reached its 1.0 release. This extension is supported by all paid versions of Visual Studio 2012/2013 as well as VS Community and VS Express for Web.

Massive Price Cut for Visual Studio 2015

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2015 8

Microsoft has announced that they are restructuring the way they sell Visual Studio. Starting with VS 2015, there will only be three main SKUs or editions: Community, Professional w/MSDN, and Enterprise w/MSDN. The most expensive edition will cost you 5,999 for the first year, less than half the cost of VS 2013 Ultimate Edition.

Package Management for Python Tools for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2015

Package Management for Python Tools for Visual Studio Microsoft is continuing its efforts to support Python in Visual Studio. Still in beta, Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.2 (PTVS) brings more of the standard features found in other VS supported languages such as C# and VB including code snippets, an auto watch window, and package management.

Windows 10 SDK Brings Universal Apps to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 26, 2015

The Windows 10 SDK, dubbed the Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview, has been released allowing developers to experiment firsthand with writing apps for Windows 10 that take advantage of the Universal App platform. When enabled developers can produce an app that runs unmodified across all Windows 10 enabled devices: including PC, phone, and XBOX.

On the Relationship between Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 16, 2015

The March 10th update to Visual Studio Online illustrates some of the important relationships between it and Team Foundation Server. These two products share most of the same code and feature set, but their release cycles couldn’t be more different.

On the Future of TFS Version Control

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

With all the news about git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, it isn’t hard to see why many developers think that TFVC, the centralized version control inside TFS is a dead product. Brain Harry, the Product Manager for TFS, recently addressed these concerns.

ASP.NET5 Advances in VS2015 CTP6

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 03, 2015

The sixth CTP for VS2015 includes the latest changes to ASP.NET 5. It includes better support for JavaScript tooling and some changes to the K Package Manager.

Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 26, 2015

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2015 attempts to fix some bugs introduced in CTP5 while introducing several new features across all areas of the application. Most developers will see changes that affect their daily usage.

New VS2015 Preview Highlights Enhanced Diagnostic Tools

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 21, 2015

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2015 demonstrates new diagnostic and debugging tools along with a new release of TypeScript. An updated build of ASP.NET 5 is also included, broadening its developer tools.

Right Sizing Visual Studio Online Pricing

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 18, 2014

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.

VS Tools for Unity 2 Preview Shows Improved Debugging

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 04, 2014

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.

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