Microsoft has decided to stop providing free hosting services for open source projects via CodePlex. Instead they have recommend moving to GitHub or other hosting providers.
The Visual Studio 2017 release in early March included F# 4.1 and an update of the Visual F# tools. F# 4.1 brings improvements and interoperation with C# 7 while the tools are the first version supporting the Roslyn workspaces.
Microsoft has switched to git.exe so that Visual Studio 2017 can have better Git support. This has enabled several features that were lacking in previous versions.
Microsoft has released a series of nine videos to explain how to design and develop applications for the Microsoft Surface Hub. These videos are intended for both developers and designers who are using the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
Following the formal release of Visual Studio 2017, Microsoft is strongly encouraging developers to upgrade to its latest development environment. Yet while the Creators Update SDK now requires VS2017, some Windows 10 development workloads still require VS2015.
Xamarin has open sourced a tool for editing SkiaSharp objects, while Google has reduced the size taken by 2D JPEG and 3D graphics.
Breaking from the past, Microsoft has already released a preview edition of its latest release of Visual Studio that includes new Python functionality.
Microsoft continues to seek ways to encourage and support UWP app development. The recently updated UWP Community Toolkit makes new app controls available, while Microsoft MVP Thomas Claudius Huber demonstrates what controls are still missing.
The .NET Core Tools has produced its first 1.0 release. Focused on C#, the tools provide .NET Core developers easy-to-build applications for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. While their release coincides with the launch of Visual Studio 2017, this is a multiplatform toolset supporting Windows, Linux, and Mac OS systems.
Marking the 20th year since Visual Studio's first release, Visual Studio 2017 has formally been made available. VS2017 focuses on improvements to its core developer experience, in addition to greater support for mobile & cloud applications as well as more capable DevOps functionality.
The latest edition of the Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2017 brings 15 extensions to the IDE, offering ways for developers to improve their experience. It also provides great examples on how to write Visual Studio extensions.
At the recent World Government Summit, Hexayurt Capital and ConsenSys released a paper called “Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains.” The purpose of the paper was to provide an Internet of Agreements (IoA) strategy and roadmap for the next wave of innovation in order to drive Globalization 2.0.
The changes made to the Visual Studio 2017 installer mean that traditional methods of querying the system registry to determine the state of the build environment are not going to be useful. A new API, PowerShell module, and standalone set of utilities have been released to provide developers and build engineers the tools needed to better automate their build environment.
EAP18 of JetBrains' Rider features the return of .NET Core debugging support for Windows platforms. The previous preview of Rider saw this support removed in order to comply with the licensing terms of a subcomponent. An otherwise small release, EAP18 is crucial for .NET Core developers.