Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6. A big step forward in Cross Platform Mobile App Development.

Just a few days ago, we have released Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 for general availability. Additionally, we are also announcing the release of Team Foundation Server 2015 CTP. You can download both these releases from the download center or from MSDN subscriber downloads.

Want to try it without installing it on your production machine? Or do you just want to save time downloading and installing? Try out this latest CTP on one of the public VMs hosted on Azure. To get up to speed with all the things that have changed, check out the Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 Release Notes. For information on TFS 2015 CTP, head over to Brian Harry’s blog post and the Team Foundation Server 2015 CTP Release Notes.

Here is a short summary of the most important features.

Single Sign In: Tired of logging in multiple times in various online- and cloud services, Visual Studio connects to? Single Sign In will take care of that for you.

Visual Studio Emulator for Android: The Visual Studio Emulator for Android has been updated with new features, including Lollipop (API Level 21) debug targets. We've added OpenGL ES support, multi-touch input simulation, and advanced camera simulation. Read this post on the new features in Visual Studio Emulator for Android to learn more.

Xamarin Integration Improvements: As of this CTP, Xamarin developers using Visual Studio can now reference, build, and debug C++ library projects from their Android projects directly by leveraging the Android targeting experience introduced by Visual C++. Check out the VC++ blog post for an upcoming post soon that will share details on how to develop Xamarin Android Native apps. Additionally, you can now directly install Xamarin during the Visual Studio installation process by selecting it from the list of 3rd party dependencies.

To get a glimpse of all the other updates, including ASP.NET 5 Improvements, Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova, new CodeLens features, enhanced Architecture Tools, Advances in NuGet, XAML UI Debugging and .NET Debugging, see the post in the Visual Studio blog.

Comments (3)

  1. VB? says:

    Come on guys, when will Xamarin have VB.NET support…? If you can't do that, at leaast build a nice VB to C# converter into Visual Studio, so that i can develop in VB and then convert to C# after all the testing is done. Even if you leave out a few translations, we'd be able to figure it out as i've done this before using online converters, but it just isn't practical.

    It can't be that hard.


  2. paul says:

    Suggestion: Buy xamarin and make it open-source.

  3. Kristian says:

    I can't afford xamarin – it's a non starter for me. $3000 per year to get access to IOS, android and windows development. No thanks. I'm forced to ditch my c# skills and learn javascript + css + html + cordova + winjs.

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