Today at Build 2017, Microsoft announced the general availability release of its popular Visual Studio development environment for MacOS. It’s particularly appropriate, given Microsoft’s theme for this year’s Build is a commitment to open platforms, and providing developers the tools they need to succeed.“Visual Studio for Mac brings the integrated development environment (IDE) loved by millions to the Mac. Developers get a great IDE and a single environment to not only work on end-to-end solutions – from mobile and web apps to games – but also to integrate with and deploy to Azure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group.Previously, a preview version of Visual Studio for Mac was available from Microsoft, allowing users to get a feel for the development environment and how it would work on Mac OS. Today, however, users can download and utilize a full version of the Microsoft Visual … [Read more...] about Microsoft takes wraps off Visual Studio for MacOS, now available to everyone
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Microsoft has laid out a road map for its Visual Studio developer tools and the .NET framework through 2005, promising developer productivity gains, built-in community support, simplified data access and better security, among other improvements.Specifically, the Redmond, Washington-based software company outlined the next version of Visual Studio -– code name "Whidbey" -– slated for release in 2004. It will feature increased SQL Server support, enhancements to class libraries, improved architectural support and better mobile application development tools.Microsoft also plans a new version of Visual Studio .NET to coincide with its new Windows operating system, known as Longhorn, that will be released in 2005. The company said this version -- code-named "Orcas" -- will support managed interfaces, enhanced security, a new development model, integrated data storage and innovations in presentation and media.With these updates, Microsoft is focusing on making its development … [Read more...] about Microsoft Sets Course for Visual Studio and .NET
Microsoft Office is one of the most far-reaching client applications in the world, used or customized by nearly 3 million developers and more than 400 million users. With today's launch of Visual Studio Tools for Office, Microsoft is hoping to provide developers with the tools they need to take advantage of the .NET Framework in the context of Office-based software.In addition, Microsoft is pairing the Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions with the Visual Studio Tools package and is offering the package at an upgrade price to users of the previous Office Developer Edition products. The Access Developer Extensions provide tools for developers to create fairly elaborate customizations of Microsoft Access."Developers wanting to build solutions for Word and Excel will find greater productivity with Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System," said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of the servers and tools group at Microsoft.The purpose of the new tools is clear: to write code … [Read more...] about PRODUCT PROFILE Microsoft Debuts Visual Studio Tools for Office
Open source software is often an unsung hero in the online gaming universe. Game engines are complex applications with core functionalities provided by numerous modules. These include arendering engine for 2-D or 3-D graphics and a physics engine or collision detection and response calculator. In addition, game developers have to provide for sound, scripting, animation, artificial intelligence, networking, streaming, memory management, threading and a scene graph.Behind the scenes, open source graphics rendering engines and game development engines power some of the most popular boxed and online games. Open source is not just the power behind the games. It's very likely that any given online game back-end system relies on software developed by the open source Apache project.A quick keyword search for graphics rendering engines draws a list ofseveral dozen open source communities. Depending on which review sources you follow, the top 10 most popular game engines can turn upin different … [Read more...] about The Untapped Open Source Online Gaming Opportunity
Well the shock had barely worn off from the recent news that Microsoft is among the Linux kernel's biggest contributors when another mind-bending announcement was made on a closely related theme.The development this time? None other than Microsoft's declaration last week that it was creating a wholly owned subsidiary devoted to forging closer ties with the open source community.Is it a dream? A nightmare? Have we all been transported to some bizarre alternate universe? That's what Linux bloggers have been trying to figure out. "I might begin to believe that Microsoft is truly interested in helping the open source community when Microsoft makes XP open source in 2014," wrote blogger kenshabby in the comments at PCWorld, for example.Then again: "It'll never happen," countered linuxrants7xpg. "If XP were open source, invariably someone would grab it, update it, and possibly keep Microsoft from selling you Windows 8 or 9. Microsoft doesn't want to have to compete with itself."Personally, … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Microsoft Open Technologies: Same Old, Same Old?
Microsoft will release a beta of Visual Studio 11 on Feb. 29, the same day it releases a preview version of its Windows 8 operating system.VS 11 is an integrated development environment spanning the entire software creation lifecycle from architecture to code deployment, testing and validation.It adds support for Windows 8 and Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform.The preview can be run in parallel with Visual Studio 2010.VS 11 is aimed at both professional and non-professional developers."I think VS 11 adds several useful incremental improvements over VS 2010, which was a substantial, ambitious release," Rob Sanfilippo, a research vice president at Directions on Microsoft, told TechNewsWorld. "Perhaps most importantly, Windows 8 Metro-style applications will be primarily developed with VS 11, so this is a key release to get the new OS off the ground."Developers "have more end to end responsibility for the application throughout the life cycle" because of the need to be more agile … [Read more...] about Microsoft Gives Devs a Glance at Visual Studio 11
A recent blog posting by a Microsoft project manager spawned ablizzard of discussion on one of the Internet's major tech forums andgenerated speculation that Microsoft may be ready to improve its relations with the open-source community.Josh Ledgard, a program manager for Microsoft's Visual Studio communityteam, sparked a flurry of comment at Slashdot.org with his remarks atScooblog encouraging his employer to adopt amore cooperative approach toward open source.Ledgard's post clearly states that "The content of this siteare my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view inany way," but that disclaimer didn't dampen speculation about a thaw inMicrosoft's sometimes icy relations with open-source developers."Engaging the 'open-source crowd' is something that we have historicallyneglected," Ledgard wrote in his blog on August 20. "Hell, from theirperspective, some of our assaults on Linux are downright insulting."I cringe when I see the news headlines like '~Random … [Read more...] about Is Microsoft Mellowing Toward Open Source?
Microsoft this week became a premium sponsor of the Open Source Initiative, adding more financial heft to its growing commitment to the open source software movement.The company's new financial support will not translate into any special influence in the organization's decision making, noted OSI General Manager Patrick Masson."OSI Corporate Sponsors have no role in OSI governance," he told LinuxInsider. "For example, a sponsor is not provided a board seat or any other role in our operations."Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting open source software through education, collaboration and infrastructure. Based in California, OSI is a public benefit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Premium sponsorship is simply a higher level of financial commitment to the OSI. The amount of the contributions vary based on the sponsor's annual revenue, explained Masson.Companies that contribute at a lower level are … [Read more...] about Microsoft Digs Deeper to Bankroll Open Source Initiative
Open source is driving an ever-expanding market. The notion of community-driven development is a growing disruption to proprietary software controlled by commercial vendors, and the free open source software concept has become a major disruption in industry and technology.Open source is so pervasive that people tend to focus on big news items while overlooking how it's the glue of modern communication and enterprise business models."Some essential open source projects are used everywhere but rarely get much of the glamour treatment," said Markus Rex, CEO of ownCloud."Open source has reached a popularity of prevalence. It is dominant," he told LinuxInsider.As 2015 grinds to an end, LinuxInsider invited industry insiders to discuss the top open source developments that will push the concept in new directions. Following are the top 10 trends they identified.The biggest development in open source in 2015 was the trend of long-standing closed source companies starting to release their … [Read more...] about Top 10 Open Source Developments of 2015
Microsoft this week announced at its Connect conference in New York City an expansion of its developer tools with a focus on Linux, Android and open source.The move is an effort to help close the gap between Microsoft's developer platforms and the open source world.The programs involve free access for developers who are just getting started, a new subscription to Microsoft services, a marketplace for extensions, updates to .NET, and the renaming of Visual Studio Online."The role of developers has changed a lot in the last five to seven years," said John Montgomery, director of program management for Microsoft.One key change -- bring your own device in enterprises -- requires developers to be able to target iOS and Android phones alongside Windows desktops, he told LinuxInsider. Also, a lot of Microsoft Azure cloud development is happening on Linux.The Visual Studio lineup is adapting to this changing landscape. Microsoft is making it easier for developers to use a familiar, powerful … [Read more...] about Microsoft Doubles Down on Open Source