64-bit Visual Studio 2022 Arrives

The landmark 64-bit Visual Studio 2022 is now generally available, for the first time offering developers much more memory to work with, along with other innovations like IntelliCode and Hot Reload.

.NET 6 Is Here

Microsoft shipped .NET 6, the culmination of a massive unifying effort to transform the Windows-only, proprietary .NET Framework into one open source, cross-platform development offering for all types of .NET projects.

Open Source VS Code Python Language Server Dies, Replaced by Proprietary Pylance

Microsoft officially pounded the last nail into the open source Microsoft Python Language Server coffin, replacing it with the company's proprietary Pylance extension for coding with Python in Visual Studio Code.

Microsoft Publishes New Documentation for Blazor, ASP.NET Core

Microsoft published new documentation for its .NET 6 web-dev component, ASP.NET Core, including the red-hot Blazor framework.

Microsoft Unveils .NET Tech Community Forums

Microsoft, in the process of unifying all things .NET with the upcoming .NET 6, has also been unifying .NET communities, with the latest move along that line being the introduction of new forums.

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Tabnine AI Assistant Adds Visual Studio Support

Tabnine has added Visual Studio support to its AI assistant, which puts artificial intelligence to work for code completion within Microsoft's flagship IDE.


Microsoft 365 Developer Program Gets Sandbox and Teams Sample Data Pack

Microsoft's ongoing Ignite 2021 tech conference saw two major additions for the Microsoft 365 Developer Program: an instant sandbox that can be pre-configured with new sample data packs for Teams meeting/collaboration software and others.

Microsoft Expands Development Options for Teams Meeting/Collaboration Software

Teams was front and center at Ignite with a host of announcements including a preview of the Teams JavaScript SDK, interoperability/integration with Azure Communication Services and many other offerings, an enhanced Teams toolkit and more -- including the ability to create Teams apps with Blazor.

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Java on VS Code Adds Gradle Tool, Simplifies Code Actions

The latest monthly update to Java on Visual Studio Code adds a Gradle extension, simplifies Code Actions execution and leverages an "important milestone," the v1.0 release of a new language server developed with Red Hat.

Windows App SDK Preview 3 Supports Non-MSIX WinUI 3 App Deployment

The third preview of the Windows App SDK (formerly "Project Reunion") supports deploying WinUI 3 apps without MSIX-packaging.

VS 2022 for Mac Supports .NET 6 RC2 on Intel-based Macs (but Not M1 ARM64)

Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 2 with minor updates including new support for .NET 6 Release Candidate 2 when running on Intel-based Mac computers.

GitHub Updates Copilot 'AI Pair Programmer' and Codespaces (Online VS Code)

Microsoft-owned GitHub announced several updates to its sprawling development and code repository platform, including two fairly new offerings: GitHub Copilot, described as an "AI pair programmer," and GitHub Codespaces, which provides an instant, customized, online version of VS Code that runs in the browser and is tied into the platform.

OpenSilver v1.0 Arrives as Microsoft Ends Silverlight Support

Userware, on a years-long mission to provide an open source alternative to Microsoft Silverlight, shipped OpenSilver 1.0 just as Microsoft ended support for the popular web-dev tool.

PowerShell Crescendo Updated Prior to Release Candidate

Microsoft developers have updated PowerShell Crescendo -- used to create native commands -- in advance of the next stage, a Release Candidate.

Developer Feedback Makes Microsoft Reverse .NET 6 Hot Reload Decision

Microsoft apologized for an admitted mistake and reversed an earlier decision to limit Hot Reload functionality in the upcoming .NET 6, which is due to debut in a few weeks.

Red Hat Java Tool for VS Code Released in Version 1.0

Five years in the making, a Visual Studio Code extension providing Java language support from Red Hat has shipped in version 1.0.

Microsoft Takes VS Code to the Browser (but No Debugger or Terminal)

"Now when you go to, you'll be presented with a lightweight version of VS Code running fully in the browser. Open a folder on your local machine and start coding. No install required."

Microsoft Says '.NET 5/6 Will Not Be Coming to UWP Project Types,' Developers Sound Off

UWP deprecation angst is back in vogue.

Lagging .NET MAUI Preview 9 Updates Controls and Supports Borders, Corners and Shadows

.NET MAUI, the .NET 6 evolution of Xamarin.Forms that's running late, now has updated controls and new support for borders, corners and shadows across most controls and layouts in the latest preview.

As .NET 6 Nears GA, Blazor WebAssembly Can Now Use Native Dependencies

Less than a month before .NET 6 ships, Microsoft announced Blazor WebAssembly apps can now use native dependencies, allowing developers to tap into native C code, for example, upon jumping through a few hoops.

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