The .NET Language Strategy

The .NET Language Strategy I am constantly aware of the enormous impact our language investments have on so many people’s daily lives. Our languages are a huge strength of the .NET platform, and a primary factor in people choosing to bet on it – and stay on it. I’ve been here on the .NET languages…


.NET Core Data Access

.NET Core was released a few months ago, and data access libraries for most databases, both relational and NoSQL are now available. In this post, I’ll detail what client libraries are available, as well as show code samples for each of them. ORM EF Core Entity Framework is Microsoft’s Object-Relational Mapper for .NET, and as…


Join Us: Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event and 20th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, I started my first day at Microsoft as a developer on the Access team, and then as a developer on a newly created product – Visual InterDev. I remember how the emphasis was on the Visual part of our various product offerings, we have come a long way to the Visual Studio…


Overview of Microsoft Dynamics AX build numbers

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations      (roadmap | what’s new) Version Build Availability To learn more Platform Update 4 7.0.4425.16161 Feb 2017 Upgrade Application version 1611 7.1.1541.3036 Nov 2016 Upgrade Platform Update 3 7.0.4307.16141 Nov 2016 Upgrade Platform Update 2 7.0.4230.16130 Aug 2016 Upgrade Platform Update 1 7.0.4127.16103 May 2016 Upgrade Application version 7.01 7.0.1265.23014* May 2016 Upgrade…


TLS 1.2 Support for SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2014

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of (Transport Layer Security) TLS 1.2 support in all major client drivers and SQL Server releases. The updates made available on January 29th, 2016 provide TLS 1.2 support for SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014. The client drivers that have…


Announcing GVFS (Git Virtual File System)

Here at Microsoft we have teams of all shapes and sizes, and many of them are already using Git or are moving that way. For the most part, the Git client and Team Services Git repos work great for them. However, we also have a handful of teams with repos of unusual size! For example,…


Happy 15th Birthday .NET!

Today marks the 15th anniversary since .NET debuted to the world. On February 13th, 2002, the first version of .NET was released as part of Visual Studio.NET. It seems just like yesterday when Microsoft was building its “Next Generation Windows Services” and unleashed a new level of productivity with Visual Studio.NET. Since the beginning, the…


TFS 2017 Update 1 RC2

Today we released the final release candidate for TFS 2017.1. Web installer ISO image Release notes This update contains a few new features and a lot of bug fixes.  To my knowledge, we have fixed all the bugs that were reported from RC1.  There are a small handful of bugs left to be fixed and…

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Update to Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate

Today we have another update to Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate. Some of you may have noticed that yesterday we posted an RC update, but took it down because of a setup issue. The issue is now fixed so please give it a try. To try out the newest version, you can either click on…