Automatically build and deploy ASP.NET Core projects to Azure App Services

Over the last few updates we’ve been working on evening out our support for popular scenarios. Earlier this month we added support for setting up an automated DevOps pipeline in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) that pulls source from a public or private GitHub repository. TFVC is another scenario we’re working on to round out… Read more

New Offline Books for Visual Studio 2017 Available for Download

Today we are happy to announce that new offline books for Visual Studio 2017 are now available for download. Now you can easily download content published on MSDN and Docs for consumption on-the-go, without needing an active internet connection. We are also hosting the book generation and fetching services entirely on Microsoft Azure, which makes… Read more

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.2 Preview

Today we are releasing Visual Studio 2017 version 15.2 Preview. For information on what this preview contains, please refer to the Visual Studio 2017 Preview release notes. If you haven’t heard about our new Preview releases, do take a few minutes to learn about them on the Visual Studio Preview page on As always,… Read more

Visual Studio for Mac to the Cloud and Beyond

In November, we announced Visual Studio for Mac, a fully featured IDE that we hope will help every Mac developer create mobile and cloud applications. We started with a solid foundation for mobile development using Xamarin, and cloud development using .NET Core. Over the past few months we have been working on porting C# code… Read more

End of Support for Visual Studio 2008 – in One Year

In line with our ten-year support policy, Visual Studio 2008, its associated products, runtimes, and components will cease to be supported from April 10, 2018. Though your Visual Studio 2008 applications will continue to work, we encourage you to port, migrate, and upgrade your Visual Studio projects over the next year, to ensure you continue… Read more

Visual Studio 2017 Update

We’ve released an update to Visual Studio 2017 and you can download it and start using it today. In this update, which will show up in Help/About as 15.1 (26403.0), we’ve added support for the Windows 10 Creators Update SDK, added support in Xamarin Workbooks for C# 7, and updated the Redgate Data Tools. There… Read more

Visual Studio 2017 Performance Improvements

Performance was a big focus area for Visual Studio 2017, with improvements in many areas, including: Faster installation Faster first launch after installing and faster subsequent startups. Faster solution load times for both C++ and C# Faster Git operations including fetching the latest version and viewing history Faster “F5” to start debugging your applications There… Read more

Continuous Delivery Tools Adds GitHub Support and My Build Notifications

The Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio shipped last month as a Microsoft DevLabs extension to experiment with some of the latest ideas for setting up and working with a DevOps pipeline. As with any experiment the goal is to learn and test our hypotheses. The enthusiasm and feedback has validated just how much opportunity… Read more