May has been an exciting month for the Visual Studio App Center team, full of events, new updates, and the start of summer in Seattle. As covered in our recap post, Microsoft Build was a busy event for our team, with some big announcements shared with the community. Between our announced partnership with GitHub, automatic publishing of your app to the stores, and our Visual Studio Code plugin, we had plenty of exciting news to share and were also excited to have the opportunity to speak to hundreds of developers at our booth. Build was just the beginning, though, as we have a few more recent releases we are excited to share with you now.
Configure Build Notifications and Webhooks
For some time now, we've offered both Webhooks and email notification messaging for new crashes from your app and for when you have a new app ready for distribution, but we've just extended that functionality to also allow you to get notifications for Build successes and failures. You can now receive a notification of every build, or just if a particular branch is broken, giving you the ability to act faster when issues pop up. As before, you can integrate these notifications into Slack, Teams, or other services you already have set up, further continuing the ways App Center can be integrated into your existing pipeline. For more details, check out Amanda's post here.
Export Crashes Data to Blob Storage
App Center has long enabled exporting analytics data to Azure blob storage, providing you with the benefits of unlimited data retention and a centralized repository for all your application data, including websites and desktop applications. We recently extended this functionality by enabling the ability to export your crash and error data as well. Now, your mobile app data can be stored in one location and accessed from anywhere via HTTP or HTTPS. You can read more on this topic in our export documentation.
App Center and GDPR
App Center at UIKonf
Finally, the App Center team went overseas this month. Just after Microsoft Build, a few of our team made their way to Berlin to spend some time with developers at UIKonf. We had a great time speaking with many of you about Swift development and enjoyed learning from you about your needs and interests in App Center. There was a lot of great content covered at the event, it is worth going to check out the livestream recording and see all the presentations for yourself.
May has flown by all too quickly, and we have even more exciting things to learn in June as we see what Apple has in store for the iOS world at WWDC. Additionally, if you're attending AltConf in San Jose, make sure to stop by Booth C and say hi, or check out the sessions from members of the App Center team. We'd love to connect with you. We hope you take time to look into the updates we released this month and let us know what you think—there has never been a better time to check out App Center!