New Git Features in Visual Studio 2017

We’ve added new Git features to Visual Studio 2017 that allow you to do more of your end-to-end workflow without leaving the IDE. You can perform a force push to complete a rebase or push an amended commit, easily view the diff for outgoing commits, unset your upstream branch, and continue patch rebase from VS…. Read more

Announcing Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio 2017

With the right DevOps tools, developers can run continuous integration builds that automate testing, analysis and verification of their projects, and streamline continuous deployment to get innovative applications into user’s hands quickly. Along with the release of Visual Studio 2017 RC.3 update, we released a DevLabs extension, Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio. The current… Read more

Live Dependency Validation in Visual Studio 2017

Last month we announced that Visual Studio “Dev15” Preview 5 now supported Live Dependency Validation. In this blog post, I’ll give you an update about: an on-demand //connect 2016 video we’ve recorded about Live Dependency Validation improvements in the experience in Visual Studio 2017 RC known issues: what did not make it for RC, but… Read more

Storyboard shapes extensions being deprecated from Visual Studio Marketplace

Starting today Visual Studio extensions are now being served from the Visual Studio Marketplace. Nearly all 10,000 + private and public Visual Studio extensions have been migrated to the Visual Studio Marketplace. As part of this change we are deprecating the Storyboard Shapes extensions which were for Microsoft PowerPoint. We will be maintaining direct downloads… Read more

Visual Studio extensions now on the Marketplace!

We launched the public preview of the Visual Studio Marketplace at Connect() last year. Since then we’ve added a lot of features and have seen great engagement from developers both building and consuming extensions. But there was always one major missing element in our catalog, and that was Visual Studio extensions. Today we are proud… Read more

Add build/project details to your extension page on Marketplace

Developer activity on an extension has proven to be an important indicator of trust and reliability for users on the Marketplace. We’ve seen two such indicators used widely by publishers: Linking to the GitHub repository Badges linking to Build CI systems and other public entities associated with the project. We’ve seen a number of publishers… Read more

UML Designers have been removed; Layer Designer now supports live architectural analysis

We are removing the UML designers from Visual Studio “15” Enterprise. Removing a feature is always a hard decision, but we want to ensure that our resources are invested in features that deliver the most customer value.  Our reasons are twofold: On examining telemetry data, we found that the designers were being used by very… Read more

Live architecture dependency validation in Visual Studio “15” Preview 5

In the past year, you told us that you considered removing unwanted dependencies to be an important part of managing your technical debt. The Layer designer enables you to validate architectural dependencies in your Visual Studio solutions. It first shipped in Visual Studio 2010, and is now part of Visual Studio Enterprise. But the experience… Read more

The IntelliTest Reference Manual

There is something to be said about having a good tool box – after all picking the right tool for a job is also as much about picking the right job for a tool, and the bigger your toolbox, the better the chances are that the best tool you can muster will be the one… Read more

Marketplace Search now available for Visual Studio

We launched search on Visual Studio Marketplace for Visual Studio Team Services and Visual Studio Code last month. But at the time we were still redirecting to Visual Studio Gallery when searching in the Visual Studio product context. Today we are glad to announce that search is now available for the Visual Studio product context… Read more