Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.3 Released

Today we have several releases to talk about: there’s the release of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3, the release of .NET Core 2.0, and a release of Visual Studio for Mac version 7.1. We’ll talk about them briefly in that order, but as always, there’s a lot more information in the release notes for each product.


Visual Studio 2017 Tools for Azure Functions

Visual Studio 2017 Tools for Azure Functions are now available as part of the Azure development workload starting in the Visual Studio 2017 15.3 release. These tools: Enable creating pre-compiled C# functions that bring better cold start performance than script based functions, and opens the entire eco-system of Visual Studio tools for class libraries including code…


Announcing UWP Support for .NET Standard 2.0

This post was mostly written by Rich Lander with contributions from Immo Landwerth. Today, we are releasing huge updates to UWP for .NET developers. The really big improvement is adding support for .NET Standard 2.0. UWP developers now have access to ~ 20k more APIs. This release brings UWP to partity with the other .NET implementations…


Announcing .NET Core 2.0

.NET Core 2.0 is available today as a final release. You can start developing with it at the command line, in your favorite text editor, in Visual Studio 2017 15.3, Visual Studio Code or Visual Studio for Mac. It is ready for production workloads, on your own hardware or your favorite cloud, like Microsoft Azure….


What’s new in WSL in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Similarly to the Windows 10 Creators Update, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU)  delivers a large number of improvements and features in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) . Note: For fans of our sister project, Windows Console, please also read our post on “What’s New in Windows Console in FCU”. We’ve been documenting many…

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Announcing Entity Framework Core 2.0

Today we are releasing the final version of Entity Framework Core 2.0, alongside .NET Core 2.0 and ASP.NET Core 2.0. Entity Framework (EF) Core is the lightweight, extensible, and cross-platform version of Entity Framework, the popular Object/Relational Mapping (O/RM) framework for .NET. Getting the bits Prerequisites In order to develop .NET Core 2.0 applications (including…


New WinDbg available in preview!

We are excited to announce a preview version of a brand new WinDbg. We’ve updated WinDbg to have more modern visuals, faster windows, a full-fledged scripting experience, built with the easily extensible debugger data model front and center. I’ll start this by saying that WinDbg Preview is using the same underlying engine as WinDbg today,…

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Support for SSL/TLS protocols on Windows

***********Updated on 4th October 2017*********** NOTE: Support for TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 is now available in Windows Server 2008 SP2. Install the following update: Update to add support for TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 in Windows Server 2008 SP2  Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and its successor Transport Layer Security (TLS) are protocols which use…


TFS 2018 RC1 is available

Team Foundation Server 2018 RC1 is now available for download.  This is the first available build for what we have been calling TFS V.next.  And, as you can tell from the title of this post, the official name will be TFS 2018.  Here’s all the important links: Release notes TFS 2018 RC1 web installer TFS…

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Announcing .NET Framework 4.6

Update: See .NET Framework Releases to learn about newer releases. We’re excited to announce the RTM releases of .NET Framework 4.6 and Visual Studio 2015 today. You can read about the new features or leave that for later and try them out now. The quickest way to get started is to install the free Visual Studio…