New Navigation for Visual Studio Team Services

I’m excited to share the new navigation we’re working on for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to modernize the user experience and give you more flexibility. As Lori mentioned in her blog post, our goal to create an integrated suite that also gives the flexibly to pick and choose the services that work best for you. That goal is a common customer request and at…

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Are your Windows Forms and WPF applications ready for .NET Core 3.0?

Download Portability Analyzer (2.37 MB) At Build 2018 we announced that we are enabling Windows desktop applications (Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Framework (WPF)) with .NET Core 3.0. You will be able to run new and existing Windows desktop applications on .NET Core and enjoy all the benefits that .NET Core has to offer, such as application-local…


What’s Next for Visual Studio

Since we launched Visual Studio 2017 in March of that year, it has become our most popular Visual Studio release ever. Your feedback has helped our team publish seven updates since our initial GA, which have improved solution load performance, build performance, and unit test discovery performance. We’ve also made Visual Studio 2017 our most…


Announcing Visual C++ Build Tools 2015 – standalone C++ tools for build environments

⏱ Updated on June 4, 2018: The 2015 MSVC compilers & libraries (v140 toolset) is now available as part of the Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools (download here). For more info, check out our more recent VS 2017 Build Tools announcement. We’re are providing new way of acquiring the C++ tools: as a standalone installer that…


Updating the Windows Console Colors

In another blockbuster post, our Summer 2017 Intern, @craigaloewen unveils a subtle, but important improvement to the Console in Windows 10 build 16257. I know many of you have been asking for this! Over to you Craig … The Windows Console’s colors are getting their first overhaul in more than 20 years! Hurray! The default…

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Announcing .NET Core 2.1

We’re excited to announce the release of .NET Core 2.1. It includes improvements to performance, to the runtime and tools. It also includes a new way to deploy tools as NuGet packages. We’ve added a new primitive type called Span<T> that operates on data without allocations. There are many other new APIs, focused on cryptography,…


How to Convince Your Management to Upgrade to Visual Studio 2017 for C# and C++ Developers

Have you tried Visual Studio 2017 at home and want to use it at work? Here are eight reasons to upgrade today that you can share with your management: Faster Than Ever Efficient Code Navigation Refactorings and Quick Actions Additions to Core Editor Functionality Debugging Improvements New and Refreshed Unit Testing Experience Code Style Configuration…


Vcpkg: a tool to acquire and build C++ open source libraries on Windows

Last update: 08/17/2018 We are delighted to announce the availability of Vcpkg on GitHub https://github.com/Microsoft/vcpkg . Vcpkg simplifies acquiring and building open source libraries on Windows. Acquiring native libraries on Windows is a critical part of the application development process; in our surveys, you told us that 80% of your C++ projects depend on two…

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