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Massive Price Cut for Visual Studio 2015

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2015 9

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.

JavaScript Powered Macros in Visual Studio 2013

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 26, 2014 3

A new extension gives Visual Studio users an easy way to utilize macros in the IDE. Powered by JavaScript, they offer developers a powerful way to automate common or repetitive tasks.

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.

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.

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.

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