Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 is posted

Get it here: Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. VS “15” is cooking along at a good pace, and the latest preview dropped last week. It promises performance improvements especially around installation and load times. From the Visual Studio Blog: Shorter solution load time with lightweight project load: Working on solutions that contain upward of 100…


New course on edX: CSS Introduction

Enrollment just opened for a new course on CSS that we’re doing with the W3C on edX, taught by Kasey Champion. Here’s the quick description: Learn how to take your Web pages from bland to bold with the power of CSS styling. Join the Microsoft team and experts from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)…


Bring your Windows desktop applications to the Windows Store with the Desktop App Converter

At long last. Now you can convert your Windows desktop applications (Win32, WPF, etc.) to install as proper Windows Store apps and participate as first-class citizens in the Store ecosystem. Once converted, you can update your applications to use UWP features, like speech recognition, Live Tiles, and Hello. Also, you can leverage your existing desktop…


Calling local coders to join inaugural Zoohackathon

By Alissa Wolken8 September 2016 (Woodland Park Zoo) – Coders and technology experts from the Seattle area—along with their counterparts in five other major cities—will join the battle against international wildlife trafficking in the first ever Zoohackathon, 6-9 October 2016. Registration is now open for interested coders, designers and project managers. Organized by the U.S….


Microsoft HoloLens: Actiongram Beta featuring George Takei

During my tour of duty helping out the HoloLens team, I was fortunate to visit the amazing holographic capture studio, on a couple of occasions. All sorts of cool things were coming out of that space, but everybody went squee when we brought in George Takei to do a capture session. Now it can be…


Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK now available – Submit your desktop apps to the Windows Store by using Centennial bridge

Download here: Anniversary Update SDK. Lots of good stuff here, including improvements to Ink, Cortana APIs, and Hello. The big news is the cross-platform story: Desktop Bridge (Project Centennial): The millions of developers using Win32 and .NET to build desktop apps can now get access to the benefits of the Universal Windows Platform and the…


HoloLens Commercial Suite debuts – Dev kit now available in Canada and U.S.

I worked on HoloLens for two years and can assure you that it’s amazing. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, businesses can get the Microsoft HoloLens Commercial Suite, which adds a lot of nice new features: Kiosk mode: Limit which apps run on the device, to enable demo or showcase experiences. Mobile Device Management (MDM)…


Node.js Tools 1.2 for Visual Studio 2015 available

  Download: Node.js Tools 1.2. The Visual Studio Engineering Team has announced the latest version of the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS). Having used NTVS for developing an internal publishing tool, I can strongly recommend it for all of your Node.js needs. What do you get in the latest update? Sara Itani provides details:…


Office brings Focused Inbox to all versions of Outlook – Clutter folder to be retired

If you’re on Android or iOS, you may have noticed that Outlook has a neat feature, named “Focused Inbox”. I find it to be very handy, and now it’s coming to all versions of Outlook, including desktop and web. Here’s the word from the Office team: Focused Inbox was first released on Outlook for iOS…


Code in new languages and get the full social programming experience with Exercism

As part of my new job, I’ve been exploring how modern devs learn new skills. Traditionally, you would pick up a dead-trees form factor and page through it, maybe install the sample code from a CD or a web site, and tinker with the platform until you felt like you wouldn’t sound like an idiot…