Laying the Foundation at TechEd North America 2013

It’s that time of year again.  Time to head south to the great city of New Orleans for TechEd North America 2013.  TechEd takes place June 3-6.  TechEd is the place to go to explore and learn about new technologies, connect with your peers, and eat some of the unique food the New Orleans area… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Now Available

We finished the RTM release of Visual Studio 2012 in August 2012 and launched it in September.  At that time, we committed to releasing new value into Visual Studio via a regular cadence of Visual Studio Updates, and in November 2012 we released our first, Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (VS2012.1), which contained not only… Read more

SQL Server Data Tools: Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012

The Microsoft SQL Server product team has released SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 (SSDT BI), which is designed to help you develop and deploy SQL Server Business intelligence projects more easily. Available online immediately, the download includes: • Visual Studio 2012 integrated shell (if you don’t have Visual Studio… Read more

Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 Now Available

Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012. This is a new set of tools that enable developers to build powerful apps for all current versions of Microsoft Office and SharePoint, including Microsoft Office 365. This new offering includes an online experience (known as “Napa”) and a complete… Read more

$15,000 in Prizes Added to Windows Phone Next App Star challenge

Microsoft recently announced a global contest that can help developers gain more visibility for their apps through featured placement in a Windows Phone television ad that will show during prime-time in the U.S. The response has been amazing with thousands of apps already submitted from around the world. Given the popularity of the contest and… Read more

February CTP for Visual Studio Update 2 Now Available

Visual Studio Updates are a mechanism Microsoft uses to provide ongoing value throughout the year to Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server customers. These updates provide features to support the latest software trends in the market and also offer an easy way to deploy bug fixes.  In Visual Studio 2012 Update 2, we are focusing… Read more

Create a Game Using F# and C# in a Windows Azure Cloud Service

The Visual Studio F# Team has released a new tutorial that demonstrates how to use F# and C# in a Windows Azure cloud service to create an Internet game. The sample is a crossword game— called WordGrid, which is reminiscent of Scrabble or Words with Friends. This is an excellent primer if you are interested in cloud programming… Read more

Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2012 Update 2, and Git

The ALM Summit is underway and Microsoft has a host of announcements. For starters, Team Foundation Server now supports hosting Git repositories (starting today). And Visual Studio will support Git. Brian Harry has a post that discusses the changes affecting Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio, and Git in more depth. You might also want to… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 is now available!

We are excited to announce Visual Studio 2012 Update 1, is now available.  You can install it either from the download page (see “Visual Studio 2012 Update 1” under the “Additional software” section) or via the Extensions and Updates dialog in Visual Studio 2012. With this and future updates, we’re striving to ensure that developers… Read more